Pretty Much Pop #163: Marvel Fatigue?

Mark, Lawrence, Sarahlyn, and Al are joined by returning special guest comic scholar Vi Burlew to talk about the new film The Marvels as well as more generally what’s been coming out in film and TV from the Marvel folks in the latest “phase.” Does Marvel have a consistent tone at this point (and should it)? What explains the box office poison of the new film despite its being perhaps better aimed at its core teen audience than other recent offerings? 

Did The Marvels include too many distinct elements treated without enough depth? Is any invincible, flawless super character (a la Superman) inevitably pretty bland? What does it mean that our culture is still pumping out superhero media at this point? Is the only thing that makes this not endless rehash the inclusion of more ethnic identities?

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  1. While I have watched a few of the Marvel movies (maybe up to 10 by now), I am not particularly a fan. Nevertheless, this episode was next on my PEL list, so I listened to it, or at least the first 25 minutes or so. I must admit to not seeing most of the movies discussed, but thought I could weed out a few good ones I may have missed. Unfortunately, the paucity of vocablulary, the massive overuse/misuse of the word “like”, and the mostly gratuitous use of profanity caused me to turn it off. Several of the commentators were very well-spoken, but several were not.

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