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!
July 30th, 2021 | 1 hr 23 mins
dune, kang, loki, shang-chi, star wars visions, suicide squad, what if
Summer is winding down and autumn is just around the corner, so there’s no better time for Mad Unreal’s exclusive Fall Preview! But first, we take a quick look back at what made this summer unique, while also discussing a few upcoming highlights. From there, we dive into Unreal film and television content coming this fall from Marvel, DC, Warner Brothers, Star Wars, James Bond and more!
July 21st, 2021 | 32 mins 20 secs
In light of the recent passing of Richard Donner—the director behind 1978’s Superman: The Movie, which gave us a tangible, groundbreaking comic book film—Mad Unreal takes a moment to examine the believable worlds fictional characters exist in. From DC, to Marvel, Bond, Blade, Daredevil, Mission Impossible, Batman, and many more: Why is it so important to make the “Unreal” seem real?
July 14th, 2021 | 1 hr 1 min
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Black Widow—the first MCU theatrical release in two long years—has finally dropped. The film has been well-received, but what does it tell us about the future of Marvel’s cinematic universe? Will we see more Phase 1 Iron Man-style world building, or will interconnected storylines and multiverse plans thrust new characters into pre-established arcs? Join hosts Arthur Turnbull and Isaac Perry as they give Mad Thoughts on Natasha Romanoff’s solo outing, while also asking: is Black Widow the swan song for Marvel’s meticulous character development?
June 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 13 mins
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It’s time. In previous eps of Mad Unreal, co-host Arthur Turnbull has expressed his distaste for a common Unreal trope, The Multiverse. Now, in Round 1 of what’s sure to be an epic battle, Arthur goes up against this time-honored concept and explains why multiple realities just ain’t his thing. PLUS: we give Mad Thoughts on the mid-season status of Star Wars: The Bad Batch and the series premiere of Loki!
June 9th, 2021 | 1 hr 7 mins
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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.
May 14th, 2021 | 56 mins 40 secs
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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.
May 12th, 2021 | 47 mins 47 secs
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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.
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.
April 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 3 mins
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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.
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?
March 31st, 2021 | 39 mins 33 secs
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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.
March 24th, 2021 | 48 mins 43 secs
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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?