Spidey and X-Men and F4, Oh My: What’s Next for the MCU

This post is really just an excuse to post photos of Chris Evans.

I’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen at least one film in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (well, I know one person who has stalwartly refused to watch any of the movies, and even he uses the Captain America “I understood that reference” with ironic aplomb).

The Marvel Cinematic Universe — or MCU, a place where the women run in wedge boots and roundhouse kick in high heels — has become the Paul Lynde in the Hollywood Squares of pop culture since 2008, when Marvel Studios put out a movie about a second-tier-Silver Age-of-Comics industrialist playboy whose companies sells arms (in THAT recession, during THAT war).

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A Programming Note


Hi – Whitlock half of ‘Whitlock & Pope’ here. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything, so here’s a little ditty about how life got in the way and how I’m trying to get back into the action.

Pope and I started this in January 2014 after a few years of friendship, a couple of cross-pond trips (I’m the New Yorker, Pope is the Londoner) and several million movie quotes and offhand reviews passed between the two of us. And, like most friend interests, our film tastes form a Venn Diagram in which we both agreed on fundamental ideas of film (Michael Bay is a hack), while each having our separate pools of knowledge (Pope can lead you into the deep end of independent film, and I like to archive of Classic Hollywood films in my head). Based on our combined scope of knowledge, enthusiasm, and love of film, our goal was to put our thoughts and questions out there to be active voices in a community of film nerds and aficionados.

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