Schizopolitan: The Podcast – Episode 14 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron Megaspectacular

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SCHIZOPOLITANS ASSEMBLE! You’ve already had part one of the ultimate Marvel podcast double-bill, with our detailed look at the Daredevil Netflix show – and now, part two arrives! Thrill, as Saxon and Jehan engage in their most daring and dangerous mission yet – an in-depth and mega-spoilerific look at the whys, the wheres, and the what-the-hell-was-going-on-in-that-Cave-scene of the latest Marvel blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron! Overstuffed plots! Strange visions, and a strange Vision! Hydra being surprisingly terrible! Andy Serkis! A robot James Spader! Has writer-director Joss Whedon outdone himself, or are the rougher edges of the Marvel formula starting to show? And can Saxon and Jehan ever reach a point where they won’t be talking about Marvel? ONLY TIME WILL TELL!

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(The opening and closing music on the podcast is ‘Ouroboros’ by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

Video: ‘Tis THOR That Commands! (A New ‘Thor’ Trailer)

You can almost sense Marvel Studio’s slight sense of nervousness about Thor. After all, while audiences flocked to Iron Man (and even to the less-than-ideal Iron Man 2), it’s a bit of a leap from Robert Downey Jr being a charmingly flawed hero in a mechanical suit to Norse Gods hurling hammers at each other and intoning cod-Shakespearean dialogue. At the least, they’ve enlisted Kenneth Brannagh as the director – a man who knows Shakespearean dialogue when he hears it – and the initial trailers have looked potentially fun, if not necessarily the guaranteed slam-dunk Marvel needs if the whole shared-universe build up to The Avengers in 2012 is actually going to work. Nevertheless, we’ve got a new trailer, this one giving more of the Natalie Portman end of the Thor story, and it certainly looks like this is going to be riding the line between entertaining and absurdly cheesy. I remain yet to be completely convinced by Chris Hemsworth – but it certainly looks lively, and still has me a lot more excited than other upcoming superhero films I could mention (Yes, I’m looking at you, Green Lantern)…