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Hello Marvel Universe!

With the announcement of the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Disneyland (but not Disney World...), John and Jen try to untangle intellectual property rights when it comes to theme park rides. Universal Orlando has Spiderman....but Sony has the movie rights, which they're now sharing with Marvel Studios. Wait, what? We enthuse over concept art for Ragnarok and Black Panther, and remind ourselves that Marvel knows what they're doing, even if the Thor "mockumentary" shorts seem to be at odds with the epic fantasy tone of the series and the dark nature of the Ragnarok plotline. 

 
In the episodes "Boom" and "The Man Behind the SHIELD"...yeah.  A lot of side plots that don't go anywhere, an extended Philinda flashback, and some head-scratcher moments where character motivations don't really seem to make a lot of sense. But there are also some great fight scenes, some good character moments, and a hell of a cliffhanger. How can Fitz and Simmons be sure that they aren't LMDs too? I guess we'll find out next week...
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Hello Marvel Universe!

In this episode of ESMCU, John and Jen talk about two other Marvel TV shows on the horizon: Hulu’s “Runaways” and Freeform’s “Cloak and Dagger”.  These shows aim to bring in a younger audience, but…whatever happened to “it’s all connected?” Next, we recap the Infinity Stones – which ones are found, which ones are still missing, and where might they turn up between now and Infinity War?

In this week’s SHIELD episodes, “Wake Up” and “Hot Potato Soup,” we learn more about Radcliffe’s virtual world, and get to see Patton Oswalt do standup. Radcliffe proves to be even more of a sneaky bastard, and we get a disappointing reveal of who “The Superior” is. Is there another LMD at SHIELD HQ, in addition to Radcliffe and the May-bot?

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Hello Marvel Universe! 

We're back after a longer than anticipated break, ready to catch you up on the last ....quarter season?  The episodes between the winter break and the spring break. We've moved to an every other week schedule, so most of our episodes will cover two SHIELD stories.

But first, John and Jen talk about the news - new announcements about who will be in Infinity War (spoiler alert: EVERYONE), rumors of Peter Dinklage joining the cast, a change in leadership at Marvel Entertainment, and speculation on who Sigourney Weaver is playing in "Defenders."

In the second half, we cover the episodes "Broken Promises" and "The Patriot." The LMD plotline is in full swing, but what happens when your Big Bad gets gacked at the end of the first episode? We're in comic book TV, so you can't keep a good bad guy down. Mace's "big secret" is revealed, and it's basically what we figured it was. But how will this change the team's dynamic going forward? 

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Happy belated holidays from Earth Station MCU, as we bring you the mid-season finale of Agents of SHIELD! John and Jen discuss the new Spidey trailer, "Planet Hulk" elements in Thor: Ragnarok, and upcoming toys for Guardians of the Galaxy. Jen dons her cultural studies hat and asks if theme of stealing that runs throughout this episode has a racial undertone or not, because that's what happens when you have four whole weeks of not having to read literary criticism.  Thank you all for your patience as we get back up to speed!

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Hello Marvel Universe! Sorry for the delay -- we were stuck in the Dark Dimension for a couple months there, but this nice robot lady got us out, and I'm sure everything will be fine. I mean, it's not like she's Ultron....right?  Um...guys?

In this episode, John and Jen review "The Good Samaritan", in which we get a glimpse at how Robbie met the Ghost Rider spirit, and "Deals With Our Devils," which...is pretty much what it says on the tin. In more ways than one. 

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John and Jen take a break from the usual Agents of SHIELD reviews to check out the latest MCU cinematic offering - Doctor Strange! With mind-blowing special effects and one of the most talented casts we've seen in the MCU, expectations were high for the Sorceror Supreme. Who are we to judge?  We're Earth Station MCU, and we've come to bargain!

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In this double episode of Earth Station MCU, John and Jen review both "Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire" and "Lockout". But before that, there's man-tears falling over the announcement of all female directors for season two of Jessica Jones, new casting for Defenders and Punisher, as well as confirmations from Kevin Feige on who will be in Infinity War, the possibility of future crossovers. All this and Halloween cosplay fun on this episode of Earth Station MCU! 

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In this episode of Earth Station MCU, John and Jen recap all the news from New York Comic Con, including all the latest about Marvel's Netflix series. Sigourney Weaver will plan Defenders' big bad...but who will that be? Kevin Feige weighs in on Blade rumors, and Agent Carter returns...but not the way we were hoping. All this and a nail-biter of a SHIELD episode....even without Carrot Top! 

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Sweet Christmas! In this episode, John and Jen review the long-awaited third entry into the Netflix side of the MCU, with season one of Luke Cage. The series that broke the internet, crashing Netflix for several hours the day after it was released, earned widespread acclaim not only from geek media but also from sources as varied as the Wall Street Journal to the Christian Science Monitor, and Ebony to The Atlantic.  Featuring a large cast, three different major villains, and causing tears of outrage from internet trolls who protested the lack of racial diversity (...seriously?!), Luke Cage is among the MCU's most talked-about heroes. Tune in to hear John and Jen dissect the "bulletproof black man," revealing easter eggs, connections to the MCU, and how it stacks up against the rest of Marvel's properties. 

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Hello Marvel Universe, and welcome to our 50th episode of Earth Station MCU!  In this week's episode, John and Jen talk about Kaicillius and Wong in Doctor Strange, Korg in Ragnorok, Strange in Infinity War and....Back to the Future in Luke Cage? This week's episode of Agents of SHIELD has action, intrigue, and Easter Eggs connecting current plotlines to people, places, and things from Marvel history, including the identity of the slick new Director, Jeffrey Mace. Will he be an ally or adversary to the team? Inhuman, monster, or both?

Remember to review us on iTunes, Podbean, or wherever fine podcasts are found, and stay in touch with John, Jen and other MCU fans on our Facebook group! 

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