MAD UNREAL

From Marvel movies to Star Wars and DC, to James Bond, black heroes, super women, and dope villains: we talk about movies and characters that are beautifully UNREAL.

About the show

From Marvel movies to Star Wars and DC, to James Bond, black heroes, super women, and dope villains: we talk about movies and characters that are beautifully UNREAL. Listen as Arthur Turnbull and Isaac Perry go mad deep on the most exciting news involving your fav comic book films and cinematic universes!

Episodes

  • Is James Bond the most important franchise in cinema?

    June 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins
    amazon, daniel craig, eon, james bond, mgm, no time to die

    Amazon's recent purchase of MGM has made the tech giant a partner with Eon—the studio behind the James Bond film franchise, and subsequently sent shockwaves through the fan community. As speculation about a potential “Bond Universe” continues to grow, Mad Unreal asks: does all of this attention (and worry) prove that Bond is the most unique and important franchise in cinema? Join us as we dive into 007’s past and potential future.

  • The historical fantasy and Black future of Netflix’s Yasuke

    May 14th, 2021  |  56 mins 40 secs
    lakeith stanfield, netflix, yasuke

    According to the African samurai Yasuke, the past informs our future and shows us who we are. So what does this nascent Netflix anime tell us about the Black past and our future identity? Listen as Arthur Turnbull and Isaac Perry discuss the first few episodes of a series that uses fantasy to comment on the power and pitfalls of culture.

  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch explores the dawn of the Empire and the cost of conformity

    May 12th, 2021  |  47 mins 47 secs
    bad batch, clone wars, lucasfilm, star wars

    Order 66 is in full effect. The Jedi have fallen. The Emperor has taken over the galaxy. And somewhere out there, our only hope lies in the hands of five “defective” clones whose fierce independence is about to face the ultimate test. Join us as we dive into Star Wars: The Bad Batch and examine the new show’s dominant theme of conformity versus individuality.

  • Is The Falcon on point, or did he miss the point entirely?

    May 5th, 2021  |  1 hr 8 mins
    avengers, captain america, falcon, faws, isaiah bradley, marvel, mcu, winter soldier

    Now that we’ve had time to digest the full story of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, it’s time to unpack everything that happened in those final episodes! Did Sam Wilson’s character-defining moment give Isaiah Bradley the “justice” he deserved? Should The Falcon have claimed the mantle of Captain America—or ignited his own legacy? Join Mad Unreal as we dive into questions that other podcasts would be afraid to answer.

  • THE CLONE WARS MIXTAPE Episode #1 – "Rookies"

    April 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins
    clone wars, lucasfilm, rex, star wars

    Introducing a new Mad Unreal ongoing series: The Clone Wars Mixtape. In this new series, we’re diving into random episodes and story arcs from Star Wars: The Clone Wars like only Mad Unreal can! From Kamino to The Bad Batch, we’re creating a mixtape of discussion and analysis focusing on one of the greatest Star Wars things ever. The Mixtape’s first track is an all-time classic: Rookies.

  • Daredevil vs. WandaVision: did Netflix intro the MCU better?

    April 7th, 2021  |  45 mins 38 secs
    daredevil, disney plus, marvel studios, mcu, netflix, wandavision

    Do you remember how it felt, back in 2015, when Netflix dropped the first seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones? On this episode of Mad Unreal, we examine the impact those shows had, and compare it to the debuts of WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Did Marvel’s outlying Netflix shows have a greater initial impact than the more MCU-connected Disney Plus series?

  • Should a Black Man Save Superman?

    March 31st, 2021  |  39 mins 33 secs
    dceu, superman, ta-nehisi coates

    On this episode of Mad Unreal we unpack the recent news that Ta-Nehisi Coates will write the upcoming J.J. Abrams Superman film. The announcement brought to mind a recurring question: should a BIPOC artist have the freedom to create stories that don’t focus on BIPOC heroes? Get ready for an insightful Mad Unreal discussion that interrogates the boundaries often placed around Black art.

  • Can the Falcon Become the Black Panther?

    March 24th, 2021  |  48 mins 43 secs
    avengers, disney, falcon, marvel, mcu, winter soldier

    Mad Unreal is back! This week we’re discussing the premiere of Marvel Studio’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and doing it in the way that only we can. Join us as we examine the Falcon’s emerging storyline and ask: can Sam Wilson become the second Black MCU hero whose motivations are not based solely on the needs and desires of his white counterparts?

  • 31: The Annual MU New Year’s Day Special

    January 1st, 2021  |  2 hrs 4 mins
    bond, disney plus, hbo, lucasfilm, mandalorian, marvel, mcu

    2020 was unreal—but not in a good way. On this special episode of Mad Unreal we’re bringing in the new year the right way by taking a look at the upcoming 2021 films and TV series we’re most excited about. From The Falcon & The Winter Soldier to Bond, The Bad Batch, Batwoman and more, we dive into the movies and shows that will hopefully make this year the right kind of Unreal.

  • 30: The Mandalorian Season 2 Special

    December 21st, 2020  |  3 hrs 5 mins
    ashoka tano, baby yoda, boba fett, disney, fennec shand, grogu, lucasfilm, mandalorian

    What better way to end the year than with a Mad Unreal “double-issue” episode?!? Join us as we dedicate a very special ep to Season 2 of The Mandalorian. We give our Mad Thoughts on each of the season’s 8 new chapters, PLUS we introduce our exclusive Mando rating system! How did we feel about the introduction of so many new characters? What did we think about the personal journey of Din Djarin? How will the story of the Mandalorian and Grogu play out in Season 3?? Get ready for a Star Wars discussion like no other as Mad Unreal dives into the second season of The Mandalorian.

  • 007 AND COUNTING Episode #6 - 'Spectre' Review

    November 25th, 2020  |  1 hr 53 mins
    blofeld, bond, hinx, m, white

    In 2015, the stakes were high. Skyfall had broken records and returned the James Bond franchise to the front of the cinematic universe line. On top of that, Eon had regained the rights to Bond’s legendary nemesis and the organization last seen in 1965’s Thunderball. Could Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes improve on the magic of Skyfall? Or would Spectre disappoint? Join us as Arthur Turnbull & Isaac Perry present the final ‘007 And Counting’ look at Craig’s Bond era before next year’s No Time To Die.

  • 29: Can Marvel Be As Successful On Disney Plus As Star Wars?

    November 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins
    daredevil, disney, lucasfilm, mandalorian, mcu, netflix, star wars

    Now that Disney Plus has announced the WandaVision premiere date, a new era of storytelling for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to begin. But can Marvel Studios emulate the streaming success of Lucasfilm's Star Wars content? Have the stakes changed for the MCU shows because of the pandemic? And is there any chance they’ll bring back Charlie Cox’s Daredevil?! Join us as we explore this topic, plus give our thoughts on recent episodes of The Mandalorian.