Episode 61: Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse

Andi and Lise FINALLY got to talk about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse because Lise put off seeing it until recently and then, as Andi suspected, it blew her mind.

Into the Spider-Verse is an animated origin story about Miles Morales, a teen who is, of course, bitten by a radioactive spider and is faced with taking on the mantle of Spider-Man in the wake of his universe’s loss of the previous Spider-Man. He also has to deal with villain Kingpin’s manipulation of the multiverse, which results in several incarnations of Spider-Man (that include two women) entering Miles’ universe. It’s an origin story and a story about found family and mentorship set against ground-breaking animation that includes fabulous characterization, dialogue, humor, anxiety, and sadness. It’s pretty much everything you want in a film, and both Andi and Lise highly recommend it. Good for all ages (but if you have trouble with animation and flashing lights because of a medical condition, maybe check the trailer first).

More info:
IMDB
Trailers ONE and TWO
First 9 minutes of the film, via Sony
CNET.com review

Episode 12: Ms Marvel

Lise and Andi rave about the Marvel comic Ms Marvel, whose latest incarnation features Pakistani-American Muslim teen Kamala Khan in Jersey City who is a total fangirl of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). Andi loves that Ms Marvel was a fangirl before she was a superhero. Then one day Kamala wakes up with super powers and she has to learn how to negotiate this new aspect to her life, dealing with the powers and what she feels is her responsibility to help people now that she has them along with her grades, her classes, and her family life.

It’s basically teenage angst – something all of us can probably relate to – along with the added angst of having super powers and trying to figure out how best to use them when you’re only 16-17 AND attempt to negotiate the landmines that come in any family as you’re figuring out who you are and who you want to be. Two big Ms Marvel thumbs up on this one, friends.

Episode 11: Wonder Woman

Andi and Lise rave about the movie Wonder Woman because…omg, you have to see it. Both were blown away by the strong women’s rep in all senses of the word, but they would like to have a movie with nothing but the Amazons. We didn’t get enough of them. MOAR Amazons, please. And definitely MOAR Wonder Woman. All of that. Much MOAR.

Synposis:
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Episode 9: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Andi and Lise teamed up (kind of) and went to see the movie Guardians of the Galaxy 2. “Team up” in this case means they went to see the movie within a couple days of each other.

In this space opera romp, humor abounds with the Guardians’ team – Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Groot – who manage to anger The Sovereign, a super arrogant race of humanoids that, like Terminators, just don’t quit if they feel they’ve been wronged. In addition, the team unravels the mystery of Quill’s parentage (Andi refers to this as the “ Who’s yer daddy” plotline) and they end up having to save the galaxy (literally) from a power-mad entity.

All in the span of about two hours of non-stop action, great ol’ skool music (like the first movie), and awesome special effects, though they do have a request: More Gamora and Nebula, pleeeez!

Andi and Lise also recommend that if you haven’t seen the first (Guardians of the Galaxy), do. Because this one will make much more sense to you and you’ll understand the in-jokes and the backstories. Unless you’re a comics reader and you’re familiar with the series, in which case, have at!

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