reviewed: Binge Mode: Marvel
Good research, bad jokes, infantile execution
The effort to take on something as mammoth as the MCU is notable. JC and MR do a good job. But I can only give this two stars because of a few things - 1. The voices are not good. Just annoying. MR’s laughter is so obviously forced, there’s no reason to egg JC on. But we get the exact same jokes every single episode regardless. 2. More of a pet peeve, but for a podcast that constantly talks about “Marvel’s villain problem,” you would think they would actually explain what the problem is. I understand that it boils down to comics-notable villains that are reduced down to be one-offs in the MCU with basically no sticking power, but MR and JC never say this once. If I hadn’t read any source material, I would probably be confused. 3. The whole “Nat and Clint’s relationship is sketchy” bit. Is it meant to uncover a plot issue? There is none. Is it meant to be funny? It isn’t. Is it meant to stigmatize non-sexual male/female friendships? That seems like the most likely goal for how unapologetically both of them attack this theory with no apparent concept of any male-female dynamic that isn’t overtly sexual. Which leads me to 4. The middle school-level obsession of who’s hooking up with who. MR and JC are completely incapable of watching a scene where a man and woman are alone together and not immediately making it sexual. Cap and Nat on the run in Winter Soldier? Obviously hooking up according to our genius hosts. Wanda and Vision together in IW? Marvel wasn’t overt enough, so we’re going to dedicate time to explore exactly how them two can be intimate. Steve and Peggy dancing at the end? Not believable unless we imagine them going to town on each other immediately after. And finally, 5. MR’s approach to attractive male characters is downright creepy. When describing the beginning of IW with Tom Hiddleston on his knees in front of Thanos, MR so cleverly retorts, “just where I like him.” Cue raucous laughter from both hosts, more jokes about MR marrying Hiddleston, etc etc. Just imagine if, at the end of the movie, they describe Wanda on her knees and JC says “just where I like her.” It wouldn’t even make the cut, but if it did, he would get fired once everyone heard it, no question.
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