239 episodes

Cinematic Universe is a podcast all about superhero and comic book movies and TV. Each episode, we look at one movie or show and find out more about the comics behind the screen. Along the way we run through the latest news across the genre, recommend related reading to explore, and pitch our not-always-entirely-serious ideas for future superhero films. From Iron Man to The Dark Knight, from Scott Pilgrim to Spider-Man, from The Incredibles to Howard the Duck, everything across the entire cinematic universe is in our sights.

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    • 4.9, 59 Ratings

Cinematic Universe is a podcast all about superhero and comic book movies and TV. Each episode, we look at one movie or show and find out more about the comics behind the screen. Along the way we run through the latest news across the genre, recommend related reading to explore, and pitch our not-always-entirely-serious ideas for future superhero films. From Iron Man to The Dark Knight, from Scott Pilgrim to Spider-Man, from The Incredibles to Howard the Duck, everything across the entire cinematic universe is in our sights.

    LIVE Minisode: You Can't Handle The Tooth

    LIVE Minisode: You Can't Handle The Tooth

    We're back with another live news minisode, but this time with a special guest! Michael Leader joins Seb and James to run through the recent news, including New Mutants' latest piece of comedic release date announcement tomfoolery, Netflix picking up Sweet Tooth, and an awful lot of people appearing in a Sandman audio adaptation.
    This episode was recorded over a livestream, which is why it may sound less polished than a fully-produced regular episode, but hopefully these continue to be listenable all the same (you're welcome to tell us if they're not!) But you may also prefer to watch the video version here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0-m94eLK7k
     
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    • 58 min
    Episode 113: Bloodshot (2020)

    Episode 113: Bloodshot (2020)

    “We won’t bother doing Bloodshot for its cinematic release,” we thought. “We’ll wait until its home release, that way we can put it off for a while.” Reality had other ideas, however, and we’ve really got no excuse not to cover it now that you can already see it for rental price. So we’ve brought in Sam Clements of 90 Minutes or Less Film Festival, who loves a trashy Vin Diesel action vehicle. The question is, does it reach a standard higher than that? Is it the starting point for a proper Valiant Cinematic Universe? Could it even be this year’s surprise Alita?
    Cinematic Universe is supported by the generosity of our backers on Patreon, who also get to hear episodes ad-free along with bonus material (and, during lockdown, EXCLUSIVE live movie watchalongs on YouTube)! Check out our page and consider subscribing at patreon.com/cinematicuniverse
    You can find our comic book movie themed merch designs at Redbubble, and follow us on Twitter @cine_verse. Sam is on twitter @sam_clements and find the excellent 90 Minutes podcast at https://www.90minfilmfest.com/
    This episode was produced by Andrew Hickey. Find Andrew's podcast A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs at 500songs.com.
     
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    LIVE Minisode: Let There Be Penguins

    LIVE Minisode: Let There Be Penguins

    Yes, we're doing the live minisode thing again, because nobody told us not to! Seb and James catch up on all the latest news including Venom 2's new title and release date, JJ Abrams taking on Justice League Dark, BOOM! Studios linking up with Netflix, the trailers for Stargirl and some other bits and bobs, including answering LIVE listener/viewer questions!
    Once again, we caveat the podcast release of this episode with an explanation that because it was recorded over a video stream, we may be talking about things you can't see onscreen (although we did our best to account for that!) and there may be occasional sound glitches due to the fact that this is entirely mixed by/over the livestream. We'd love to get feedback on whether you think these are still worth doing as minisodes, or if we should keep them off the main feed for as long as we end up carrying on doing them!
    And of course, you can watch the video version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K411ULIPm1E
    Thanks again to everyone who backs us on Patreon, for enabling us to keep doing things like this! And if you still haven't seen it, don't miss the replay of our SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE live watchalong from last week, with special guest DAN SLOTT! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbdYf2NXctM
     
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    • 56 min
    Episode 112: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    Episode 112: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    We’ve threatened this for a while, but we’re finally taking our first steps (if you don’t count The Matrix or Sonic the Hedgehog) into films that aren’t technically comic book or superhero movies, but which we feel are still in some way “genre-adjacent” as we’re calling it. And as we discuss, this film is so hugely influential on just about every major comic book blockbuster that’s arrived since, you can’t exactly call it irrelevant to what we do. Plus! It gives Caroline – who is a Terminator franchise superfan – the chance to be the one to explain something in tremendous detail to the others!
    Cinematic Universe is supported by the generosity of our backers on Patreon, who also get to hear episodes ad-free along with bonus material (and, during lockdown, EXCLUSIVE live movie watchalongs on YouTube)! Check out our page and consider subscribing at patreon.com/cinematicuniverse
    You can find our comic book movie themed merch designs at Redbubble, and follow us on Twitter @cine_verse. And find Caroline on Twitter @CarolineSiede.
    This episode was produced by Andrew Hickey. Find Andrew's podcast A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs at 500songs.com.
     
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    • 2 hrs 3 min
    LIVE Minisode: The MCU Domino Effect

    LIVE Minisode: The MCU Domino Effect

    It’s our first ever live minisode! Well, it’s not live any more, but it was live when we recorded it. Essentially, after the success and enjoyment of our Live Infinity War Watchalong on Friday night, we realised that this streaming lark could actually be a good way of doing news minisodes. Particularly when there’s quite immediate and pressing news (the MCU rescheduling) that we could try and get released quite quickly, with no editing. So what you’re hearing now is the unedited audio from a video livestream that Seb and James did on Saturday night, which was watched on YouTube by a surprising number of regulars, who were commenting and chatting along the way (which is why we were able to read out and react to what they were saying).
    Mindful that we were also planning to put it out on the podcast feed (with no edits), we’ve tried to ensure that the things that were seen onscreen were also read out – but if there are any instances where it’s not clear what we’re talking about, apologies!
    You can also watch the video version of this minisode at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9df-INbH0Q
    And if you want to watch a replay of our live watchalong of Infinity War in all its three-hours glory, with special guests Caroline, Joe and Amon (we're not putting the audio of that out after all, as there's too much that won't really work without the visual cues), that’s over here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvFUhN-GrJU
    Thanks to everyone who backs us on Patreon, for enabling us to do things like this, and do let us know whether or not you think they’re working well!
     
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    • 35 min
    X-Men: The Animated Series 1x03 - Enter Magneto

    X-Men: The Animated Series 1x03 - Enter Magneto

    Over on our Patreon, James is currently going through every single episode of the classic X-Men: The Animated Series on a near-daily basis, talking each time about how the episodes stand up and how they relate to the original comics. This is a FREE PREVIEW of one of the episodes - specifically, the show's third episode, Enter Magneto. If you like what you hear, then feel free to back us on Patreon at any level to get access to all of them as he does them!
     
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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

YourLackOfFaith ,

Great insight

Love all the amazing comic book info that these guys dole out. I drive a lot and this helps make the journeys more interesting. I miss Joe being on regularly but understand being a new dad doesn’t leave much free time. I am really enjoying the game shows at the end of each episode. I love the consistent Bob Monkhouse links. Well done guys

Cooke8008 ,

One of the best

Always look forward to this podcast arriving. Funny and informative.
I’m also a Patreon supporter and it’s totally worth it for the extra content.

goldbricks ,

Great Podcast

Love listening to these guys talk comic books and movies. If these two interest you should definitely subscribe.

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