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    The Incomparable Mothership July 8, 2022 “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
    622 The MacGuffin Twins

    Put on your flying cloak and load up on pizza balls, because we’re here to talk about “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” This is an interesting one, because most of us agree that the movie is fun and inventive in a lot of enjoyable ways—but also entirely mishandles its villain. Can you love a movie that also make you angry? We try! Some of us fail.

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    The Incomparable Mothership June 3, 2022 “Moon Knight”
    617 Group Therapy for One Guy

    Moon Knight—the butt of a thousand jokes on this very network who improbably made the Sweet Sixteen of our infamous Summer Superhero Spectacular—got his own limited series on Disney+. We talk about the Oscar Isaac of it all, the loving attention to modern Egypt, whether the show is well served by its near-total disconnection to the MCU, and how it might have held up as a ’90s syndicated actioner. (Think “Relic Hunter” production values. You can see it, can’t you?)

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    The Incomparable Mothership January 15, 2022 “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
    597 Get Me Pictures of Seven Spider-Men!

    Get your college applications ready and prepare to gross out about organic web shooters—it’s time for us to discuss “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the conclusion of Tom Holland’s origin trilogy as the web-slinging hero… and a surprisingly substantial follow-up to five other Spider-Man movies, too. It’s “Spider-Man: Endgame,” and with great podcasts, there must also come great responsibility… to talk about Spider-Man.

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    Biff! January 6, 2022 Spider-Man: No Way Home
    121 Spider-Man: No Way Home

    We convene to discuss Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third movie in the extremely profitable MCU/Sony joint. Hot topics include satisfying arcs for surprising characters, resetting the Spider-Man story, and how to pull off a movie with a bananas number of villains.

    To get your question discussed on the show, email us at biff@theincomparable.com or find us on Twitter.

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    The Incomparable Mothership December 4, 2021 “Eternals”
    591 That Poor Pie

    We discuss Marvel’s weird and epic “Eternals,” which breaks a lot of Marvel-movie conventions while attempting to tell a different kind of story with a whole lot of new characters. It’s full of interesting choices, some of which pay off, while others end up amounting to not very much.

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    The Incomparable Mothership July 31, 2021 “Loki”
    574 Time Cop, Not a Time Cop

    Grab a TemPad and step through a Time Door, because we’re discussing “Loki”, Marvel’s Disney+ series about how the god of Mischief met his match and learned to love himself. Along the way we talk about the “Doctor Who” references, the deep-cut comics references, the mighty Richard E. Grant, and the spectacular look and sounds of this outstanding series.

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    The Incomparable Mothership July 17, 2021 “Black Widow”
    573 Evil Helicarrier

    Put on your catsuit and your tactical vest, because we’re about to talk about Marvel’s “Black Widow,” which some of us saw in theaters. (And some of us didn’t.) This is a movie delayed from pre-COVID times, it’s the first Marvel movie in the Disney+ era, and it’s set during 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War”—conveniently before the main character dies. With all that, it’s also a film that puts its title heroine at the center of a “Mission: Impossible” style story that’s also, strangely, about a couple of particularly messed-up families.

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    Biff! January 14, 2021 Everyone’s coming back!
    73 Giant-Size Superhero Sweep #5

    We’re back after a brief hiatus, and we’re wrapping up all the superhero news we missed: the official cancellation of Green Arrow and the Canaries; Michael Keaton’s possible return to the Batman franchise; Deadpool’s entry in to the MCU; and Chris Evans possibly picking up the shield again. Plus, we’re really looking forward to WandaVision.

    To get your question discussed on the show, email us at biff@theincomparable.com or find us on Twitter.

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    Biff! December 17, 2020 Multiverses on multiverses
    71 Marvel Multiverse of Madness

    Just when you thought it was safe to take the rest of the year off, Disney dumps a whole boatload of information on a huge slate of Marvel Cinematic Universe TV shows and movies. We assemble our crack crew of definitely not Skrulls to discuss the latest announcements and sift through all the news.

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    Biff! July 23, 2019 Agents of SHIELD Season 6, Episode 10
    9 Agents of SHIELD S6E10: "Leap"

    This week, they’re busting us for possession…see what we did there? We recap the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, discussing the sad death of a favorite, inter-dimensional being hangovers, how soon we forget fear dimensions, and homages to the works of John Carpenter.

    Then, in our Superhero Sweep segment, we pore over the onslaught of Comic-Con information with a particular focus on the details of the upcoming Phase Four of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, including what we’re most looking forward to. And we answer a quick reader question on the Letters Page.

    In honor of Arrow’s final season, don’t forget to get yourself a Lian Yu t-shirt.

    Agents of SHIELD, Season 6, Episode 10

    To get your question discussed on the show, email us at biff@theincomparable.com or find us on Twitter.

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    The Incomparable Mothership July 13, 2019 “Spider-Man: Far From Home”
    469 Snap, Blip, Pop, Crackle

    Fresh from the theater, we tackle “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” We consider the lighter side of the death and resurrection of billions of people, the unique position this Spider-Man has in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the value of various surrogate dads. We’re also surprised at how interesting Mysterio turned out to be despite the fact that he’s Mysterio.

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 5, 2019 “Avengers: Endgame” (Panel 2 of 2)
    459 Next Up: The Ronan Movie

    Part Two of our team coverage of “Avengers: Endgame!” Chip Sudderth assembles more of our Incomparable regulars and newer voices for a different angle on the movie—weaponized nostalgia, timey-wimey nonsense, delightful surprises and sour notes, and what this movie means for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 4, 2019 “Avengers: Endgame” (Panel 1 of 2)
    458 San Francisco Rat

    We’re in the endgame now. In this, the first of two episodes about “Avengers: Endgame,” we break down the plot of perhaps the biggest movie of all time. How does time travel work? How do we feel about the final destinations of beloved characters? Why does the Hulk need to take the stairs? Who is worthy of wielding the power of Thor? Also, Jason has a pitch for a new Captain America TV series.

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    The Incomparable Mothership March 16, 2019 “Captain Marvel”
    451 My Brain Unclenched

    Put on some flannel and pop in a grunge CD—it’s time to talk about Marvel’s 1990s throwback movie, “Captain Marvel.” We discuss Brie Larson and Samuel Jackson’s buddy-movie connection, surprise twists designed to trip up comics know-it-alls, and the dangers of gaslighting someone with cosmic powers. Strap in, and let’s fly this thing into orbit!

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    The Incomparable Mothership September 2, 2018 Summer of Marvel finale
    422 The Inevitable Moon Knight Movie

    It’s been fun, but just as Labor Day Weekend is the traditional end of summer, so too is this the end of the Summer of Marvel! In this episode our panelists pitch Marvel movies they’d like to see in the future, and we save some time at the end to reveal the results of our poll of Incomparable panelists to see where all the MCU movies rank.

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    The Incomparable Mothership August 26, 2018 Revisiting “Guardians of the Galaxy”
    421 Beautiful Space Idiot

    Hang on to your cyborg limbs! As the Summer of Marvel winds toward a close, our penultimate installment has us revisiting the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films. How do they hit us upon rewatching? How vitally important was the tone of the original film in terms of making the Marvel Cinematic Universe less of a snooze? What do the movies have to say about the power of sisterhood? Does Peter Quill have any internal life at all? Why does Jason dislike Ego’s Planet so much? And how does “Avengers: Infinity War” rely on the character development of the second Guardians movie? All that, plus a tree and a raccoon outwit a human repeatedly.

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    The Incomparable Mothership August 18, 2018 “Thor: Ragnarok.”
    420 A Painting on a Van

    There are Thor movies, and then there’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” From the liberal use of the Hulk to the perfectly bizarre Jeff Goldblum to the delightful villainy of Cate Blanchett, this is a wacky cosmic romp that’s a universe apart from the two previous Thor installments. Loki just wants to eat grapes, Valkyrie wants to be left alone, and Doug’s not here anymore, man. Pour one out for ol’ meow meow and join us for the Lord of Thunder—or is that the God of Hammers?—and his finest hour.

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    The Incomparable Mothership August 11, 2018 “Doctor Strange”
    419 This Is Why I Can't Be a Wizard

    The Marvel Universe has wizards now? Yes, and “Doctor Strange” is the movie where we meet them. But more than anything, this is a character study of Mister Doctor himself, who is laid low by distracted driving and then has to rebuild his life by moving to Nepal, stealing books from a magical library, and getting half-frozen on the side of Mount Everest before being thrust into mystical battles against his will. Spectacular visuals! Mads Mikkelsen trapped in a wall! Tilda Swinton as a super weird ageless magical being (who was Asian in the comics)! Dormammu, we come to bargain.

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    The Incomparable Mothership August 5, 2018 “Ant-Man” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp”
    418 I Enjoyed It on a Quantum Level

    Our Summer of Marvel rolls on with a movie we haven’t covered—2015’s delightful comedy heist film “Ant-Man”—as well as its brand-new sequel, 2018’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” We discuss de-aging Michael Douglas, the unlikely brilliance of casting Paul Rudd, the relentless competence of Hope Pym in the face of Scott Lang’s incompetence and the unpleasantness of her father, and everything we love about Luis.

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    The Incomparable Mothership July 28, 2018 The Avengers, revisited
    417 Ultimate Frisbee

    Order some schwarma, because we’ve assembled a powerful panel to discuss Earth’s mightiest heroes. Our Summer of Marvel continues with a re-examination of three films we originally reviewed when they were released: “The Avengers”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and “Captain America: Civil War”, which is really an Avengers movie when you think about it. How do they hold up? What works and, in hindsight, what doesn’t? Which characters benefit from Joss Whedon’s screenwriting tics, and which do not?

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    The Incomparable Mothership July 21, 2018 “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: Winter Soldier”
    416 My Favorite of the Chrises

    Thaw yourself out of the ice and wave a flag, because we’re revisiting “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as we continue our walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We discuss the charismatic power of Chris Evans, the smoothness of the Red Skull’s face, the unrecognizability of the Winter Soldier, our lack of trust in Robert Redford, and how Black Widow splits time between setting Steve Rogers up on dates and changing all the sizing tags on his clothing. Buy some war bonds and join us as we discuss that star-spangled man with a plan!

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    The Incomparable Mothership July 14, 2018 “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World”
    415 Congratulations to the Flat Earthers

    Take off your pants and prepare a long scene-setting speech about space mythology, because it’s time to discuss “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World” as we continue our Summer of Marvel. We praise the excellent casting of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, as well as smaller players Stellan Skarsgård and Kat Dennings, while wondering about what went wrong with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. (Hint: It’s mostly the writing.) Perhaps most importantly, Jason finally sees what other people see in “The Dark World” that he doesn’t… even if he remains unconvinced.

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    The Incomparable Mothership July 7, 2018 “Hulk” and “Incredible Hulk”
    414 Credible Hulk

    The Summer of Marvel continues our walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008’s “Incredible Hulk,” starring Edward Norton. Released weeks after “Iron Man”, it’s often ignored, and yet it’s a fascinating look at the decisions Marvel did (and didn’t) make as it built its film franchises. Also just for kicks, we compare and contrast with Ang Lee’s 2003 “Hulk” starring Eric Bana, because gamma dogs.

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    The Incomparable Mothership June 30, 2018 “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2”
    413 How Ironic, Tony!

    The Incomparable’s Summer of Marvel begins with a look back at 2008’s “Iron Man” and 2010’s “Iron Man 2.” How unlikely was it that a B-list Marvel Comics superhero nobody had ever heard of would end up kicking off one of the most successful film franchises of all time? How did perfect casting and a light touch with the subject matter pay off in this unlikely success? And how does the sequel balance being a second “Iron Man” film and the launch of a much larger franchise?

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    Myke at the Movies June 2, 2018
    44 "Avengers: Infinity War"

    Myke and Jason break down the shocking and surprising events of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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    The Incomparable Mothership April 29, 2018 “Avengers: Infinity War”
    404 Thoughts About Thanos

    After seeing opening-weekend showings of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” our panelists got together for a quick discussion of our first impressions, favorite moments, key complaints, and thoughts about where the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes from here. (If you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t listen!)

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    The Incomparable Mothership March 11, 2018 “Black Panther”
    397 Mystical Herbologist

    It’s already one of the most successful superhero films of all time, but it’s so much more than that. Our topic this episode is “Black Panther,” which dives into issues from feminism to the long-term effects of imperialism to the legitimacy of monarchies. Plus there’s spectacular production design, some amazing action scenes, and one of the most memorable (and sympathetic) villains in recent movie history. Wakanda Forever!

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    Myke at the Movies August 15, 2017 “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
    26 "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

    Myke and Jason give their quick reactions to “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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    The Incomparable Mothership July 15, 2017 “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
    362 An Old Man With Wings

    Despite a lot of trepidation based on previous lackluster film efforts, our panel rushed out to their local cinemas to see “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and came away with a pleasant surprise! They made a good Spider-Man movie! But did Tony Stark save the day, or just get in the way? Does Michael Keaton give a better villain performance than he ever did as a superhero? Did Tom Holland wear the suit, or did the suit (which talks, by the way) wear him? Our very own sinister six take apart the highs and lows of this exciting new chapter in the cinematic life of our favorite wall-crawler.

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 12, 2017
    352 Hold My Space Beer

    The Guardians of the Galaxy are back, and so we’ve convened our panel of moviegoers to break down the good and bad of “Vol. 2.” Ego’s weird art collection! Yondu’s true status as a Space Dad! Sylvester Stallone being himself! Fighting sisters, deadbeat dads, and Fleetwood Mac. We break it all down, as usual.

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    Defocused May 18, 2016 Captain America: Civil War
    97 A Trunk Full of Captain America Juice

    It was all just a big misunderstanding.

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 8, 2016 “Captain America: Civil War”
    299 Stark Differences

    Flash! Direct from theaters to this podcast, we convene a panel of recent viewers of the latest Marvel superhero epic, “Captain America: Civil War.” Do the rationales of the two sides hold together in the face of reality? Is Tony a bad dude for recruiting a kid to use against his opponents? How do the new faces, including Spider-Man and Black Panther, fare? And how well does this movie fit into the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe series as a whole?

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    Phil and Lisa Ruin the Movies August 25, 2015 Jem, Ant-Man, and the Holograms
    12 Arguing for Epigenetic Inheritance

    Phil and Lisa ruin “Jem and the Holograms” and “Ant-Man.”

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    Game Show May 26, 2015 Marvel Cinematic Universe
    11 Counterclockwise: All-Father Knows Best

    This month’s Counterclockwise topic is the Marvel Cinematic Universe! And joining us to discuss four Marvel-themed topics are superhero aficionados Lisa Schmeiser and John Moltz. We do some fantasy casting, offer our choices for best and worst Marvel Cinematic Universe releases, plan future Marvel films, and try to find the comedy in super situations.

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    Defocused May 9, 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron
    46 The Robot Hand that Rocks the Cradle

    Dan and Joe ask important questions about Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Like, ‘Why?’ and ‘What?’

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    Myke at the Movies May 4, 2015 Killer robots
    3 "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

    Myke and Jason do a quick post-viewing review of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 3, 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron
    245 Incomparable, Assemble!

    Six members of The Incomparable panel went to see “Avengers: Age of Ultron” together, in person! And afterward we convened at Dan Moren’s house to discuss it over pizza and beverages. This is that conversation.

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    Defocused May 1, 2015 Marvel’s The Avengers
    45 Asgardian Go-Bag

    Dan and Joe talk about an obscure classic: Marvel’s The Avengers (2012).

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    The Incomparable Mothership August 15, 2014 “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
    207 I Am Groot

    Put in your mix tape and get ready for a climactic dance-off! We’re talking “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s latest hit movie and a real departure in so many ways. What makes the movie work? What are its flaws? We break it all down.

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    The Incomparable Mothership April 12, 2014 “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
    190 The Cloud is Run by Hydra

    Grab your shield, steal your old uniform, and hop on your motorcycle, because it’s time for us to discuss “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” It’s the latest Marvel movie, and even though Steve Rogers is the title character, there’s an awful lot of SHIELD in this movie, too. Does the franchise aspect of these films help or hurt? Are the action scenes more interesting than the urban disasters featured in most recent superhero movies? And is the Falcon really Cap’s only friend outside SHIELD? Also, we reveal the Hydra secret handshake.

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 20, 2013 “Iron Man 3.”
    141 Tony Stark Wants the Credit

    Put on your high-tech suit of armor and join us for our discussion of “Iron Man 3.” We talk about Tony’s post-traumatic stress, his problematic relationship with technology, and his questionable choice to use remote armor to give a present to his girlfriend. We also discuss the pros and cons of the first two Iron Man movies, analyze how this film fits in as a post-“Avengers” story, and appreciate Tony’s MacGyver moment.

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    The Incomparable Mothership May 26, 2012 “The Avengers”
    92 Nick Fury's Google Hangout

    Avengers assemble! We discuss Joss Whedon’s Marvel movie, which has been a hit with audiences and critics. But some members of our panel don’t agree. How much do expectations factor in to one’s enjoyment of a movie? Has the bar for summer action blockbusters been set too low by the likes of “Transformers 2”? Should every action-adventure movie aspire to be something more? Why is this the first time that the Hulk has been portrayed properly in a film? Grab your cosmic cubes and prepare for 90 minutes of movie-smashing discussion.

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    The Incomparable Mothership September 18, 2011
    57 Weird Subplots About Fondue

    This past summer’s superhero movies are in the spotlight! Are the gods just aliens? When are mutant strippers unrealistic? Why would you beat up people after costing them their jobs? And why do the Stark boys enjoy themselves—and cheesy foodstuffs—so much? Our esteemed panel breaks down how “Captain America,” “Thor,” “X-Men: First Class,” and “Green Lantern” fared.