Comics Onscreen – Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok and More (With Allison Keene)

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In this last episode of 2017, Curt and Kevin welcome senior TV editor and critic Allison Keene for a fun, spirited discussion of the big comics adaptations from the second half of the year, including Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel’s The Defenders and Justice League!

Spoilers are (mostly) avoided in this non-canonical episode, which also touches on the CW’s Crisis on Earth-X crossover event; whether Black Panther will continue Marvel’s recent trend toward the comedic (probably not); Thor: Ragnarok’s similarities to The Empire Strikes Back; waiting for The Punisher to get exciting; the engaging cast of Runaways; The Gifted’s similarity to The O.C.; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in space; and The Tick.

As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a discussion of what we’re looking forward to in 2018, including the CW’s Black Lightning, the second season of Fox’s Legion and X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Other Things Discussed in This Episode:

  • What makes the CW’s superhero shows work?
  • Marvel’s TV shows vs. DC’s movies
  • The best scene in Justice League
  • Ben Affleck’s Batman: “What a hero!”
  • The best thing about Inhumans
  • Curt Inhu-mansplains to Allison
  • Our Planet Hulk episode
  • Hap and Leonard
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Tom Hardy and the Venom movie

Things not discussed in this episode? The latest seasons of Preacher and Gotham (which we haven’t seen), The Walking Dead, My Friend Dahmer (ditto), and Riverdale (see our Archie Meets the Punisher episode).

And if you’re looking for takes on Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Logan or Legion, you’ll want to check out our July episode on Marvel media adaptations (and Wonder Woman).

We’re back to rendering judgment on comic book stories in two weeks, as we roll into 2018 with a review of Batman: The War of Jokes and Riddles!

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

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