Level Eleventy-Seven - A Marvel Universe Podcast (SciFi4Me Radio)

Level Eleventy-Seven - A Marvel Universe Podcast (SciFi4Me Radio)
By SciFi4Me
About this podcast
Discussion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Latest episodes
July 17, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers Screen story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko Directed by Jon Watts Spider-Man. Spider-Man. Does whatever a spider can. Including net Sony's second best opening weekend box office. In this episode of LEVEL ELEVENTY-SEVEN, we talk about the webhead's eagerly anticipated solo outing (Iron Man notwithstanding). From the mechanical web shooters to hot Aunt May to Happy Hogan's attitude to Michael Keaton's Vulture, we touch on a lot of things. And yes, we do get into some spoilers, so fair warning. Go see it first. You'll be glad you did. The panel: Mindy Inlow, Teresa Wickersham, Sam Sentman, Jeff Hackworth
May 24, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017) Written & Directed by James Gunn Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures 136 minutes, rated PG-13 In this special episode of Level Eleventy-Seven, we take a spoiler-ish look at the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (with a few digressions along the way, of course...). From Groot's greatness (and not so greatness) to Yondu's arc, from the wild "Hey, that's...!" beginning to the climactic battle between the stars, Vol. 2 has all the pieces that make a Marvel film ... a Marvel film. It's got humor, pathos, family issues — more than just Peter and his father — great character moments, and Groot. Plus, plenty of possible setups for the next chapter, as Vol. 3 will be James Gunn's swan song (at least for now). What pieces of this story will inform the last installment in the first trilogy? Will it be... nope, you gotta listen. The panel: Maia Ades, Mindy Inlow, Sam Sentman, Dan Handley, Jason Hunt
May 17, 2017
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 421 "World's End" Written by Jeffrey Bell Directed by Billy Gierhart Aida/Ophelia takes crazy to the extreme with her Scorched Earth policy, and it looks very much that Jemma... wait, what just happened? Fitz is still broken a bit, and we have to wait to learn the fate of Philinda. While Coulson and May do get to have a few moments about the bottle and what led to drinking it, we don't get everything we'd like to see between the two of them. Plus: the return of the Ghost Rider! Chasing the Darkhold, and all the terrible that comes with it, including the organic body Aida inhabits. Because it comes from a very bad place. What happens next? Where are our heroes being held? Will this be the introduction of S.W.O.R.D.? Next season, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. makes way for INHUMANS, which will have an 8-episode running following Once Upon a Time on Friday nights. The panel: Mindy Inlow, Sam Sentman, Dan Handley, Timothy Harvey
May 10, 2017
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 421 "The Return" Written by Maurisa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon Directed by Kevin Tancharoen Our intrepid Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are back in the real world, and it's not without its hangups. What with Mack still being in the Framework and May trying to shoot Ophelia and Fitz getting in the way and the two of them whisking out BAMF-style and Coulson not wanting to admit he cracked open the bottle and oh, how many robot copies of the Russian are there now?... But at least it appears that Fitz won't be the villain of next season (is there a next season?), at least not yet. He again demonstrates just how good a heart he has, even in the face of utter sociopathic murderous rage from his wanna-be girlfriend who suddenly finds that she's... not? uh-oh. What was that about a woman scorned?... The panel: Mindy Inlow, Sam Sentman, Timothy Harvey, Jason Hunt
May 4, 2017
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 420 "Farewell, Cruel World" Written by Brent Fletcher Directed by Vincent Misiano Back to our regular programming as the gang gathers in the post-convention bunker to discuss the latest really tough to watch episode of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. — and not because it was badly written, but because there was plenty of emotionally-charged scenes that really worked. It's a really solid episode with a lot of moments that build to a few gut-wrenching final minutes. As we predicted, Fitz looks like he's going to have some ... issues. And our intrepid heroes inside the Framework will have to live with the knowledge that they're not "real" in the traditional sense, but then what are they? And now that most of the team is out of the Framework, what does it mean for everyone? How does Fitz cope with the monster he became inside? How does everyone process Mack's decision? What will happen to PhilLinda? The panel: Maia Ades, Mindy Inlow, Sam Sentman, Timothy Harvey, Jason Hunt You can find episode 115 here: https://youtu.be/k2V2IkNRm9c
April 19, 2017
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 418 "No Regrets" Written by Paul Zbyszewski Directed by Eric Laneuville Finally, the introduction of Dad... and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is starting to lose a little of that self-assured swagger he's been sporting in the Framework. Is Madame Hydra (Mallory Jansen) telling him everything? Or is she manipulating her lover at the same time she's digging her claws into the rest of everyone's world? It's clear that the elder Fitz (David O'Hara) has had a profound impact on his son's upbringing and resulting character and personality, and it's also clear why the "real" Fitz doesn't want to have anything to do with the man. The lovable Leo Fitz is a product of his mother's influence, and it remains to be seen what happens when the team gets out of the Framework and Fitz has to confront his memories of this twisted version of himself. Likewise with Mack (Henry Simmons), who's going to eventually have to give up the idea of being with his daughter Hope (Jordan Rivera). And though Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) is affected by that one relatively happy tableau, she's still keenly aware that this is all just a digital make-believe world. Jemma faces a crisis of conscience, of a sort, complicated by the fact that Mace (Jason O'Mara) and Ward (Brett Dalton) don't buy her story. May (Ming-Na Wen) also faces a crisis of conscience when faced with the notion that Hydra will brainwash and kill people to keep them compliant. In the face of her failure at Baharain, her failure at Cambridge, and the way Daisy (Chloe Bennet) has been trying to get through to her, maybe — just maybe — there are things finally not adding up. Unless 1 + 1 = terrigenesis and a lot of whoopins... Props to O'Mara for his very solid performance this week. His life in the Framework as the Patriot is worthy of song. The panel: Maia Ades, Mindy Inlow, Sam Sentman, Timothy Harvey, Jason Hunt
April 12, 2017
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 417 "Identity and Change" Written by George Kitson Directed by Garry A. Brown First, a discussion of the newly released trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, which you can see here: https://youtu.be/v7MGUNV8MxU We finally catch up with Mack (Henry Simmons) and his daughter Hope (Jordan Rivera). They're living off the radar, keeping their heads down. Only Hope jeopardizes that a bit by picking up a Hydra drone that went on the fritz. So when they get picked up, it's very much a bad place for Mack. He ends up being set up by May (Ming-Na Wen) to expose Daisy (Chloe Bennet) as a mole within the organization. Meanwhile, Coulson (Clark Gregg) is remembering slightly just a little more, and he goes with Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Ward (Brett Dalton) to find Radcliff (John Hanna) in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. And things do not go well. At. All. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is going to be one messed up dude when all of this is over... The panel: Maia Ades, Mindy Inlow, Kammie Settle, Jason Hunt
April 5, 2017
MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 416 "What If..." Written by DJ Doyle Directed by Oz Scott The Triskelion is intact! Skye is back! Ward is back! Tahiti is back! It's old home week, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings back a few elements of season one — and actually uses them in a way that makes the whole episode much more interesting that most of the entire first season. Even Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is watchable in this episode! Of course, it's no surprise that he's a turncoat still, even in this made up virtual universe. And poor Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge). After being dumped in the bottom of the ocean, almost drowned, stranded on an alien planet... now she's a zombie. In the tradition of Marvel's What If...? series of comic books telling stories in alternate universes, tonight's episode sets up a world in which everything is topsy-turvy. How much do our heroes realize they're supposed to be the heroes and not the villains? How much will Coulson (Clark Gregg) remember? The panel: Maia Ades, Mindy Inlow, Dan Handley, Sam Sentman, Tim Harvey, Jason Hunt
March 29, 2017
AGENTS OF SHIELD returns next week which gives us this one shot to discuss the latest Netflix offering from Marvel Television IRON FIST And judging by the mixed reception its had this could very well be Marvels first notquitemiss since the first season of SHIELDFrom offbalance pacing to a bland lead character to cultural appropriation to missed social cues the show really doesnt seem to know just what kind of show it wants to be Is it an origin story for a rich kid learning to be a superhero Is it about a wealthy socialite learning how to be social Is it a prelude to The Defenders and just a setup piece Is it all of these or none of theseShort answer yes and noWARNING HERE BE SPOILERSThe panel Mindy Inlow Sam Sentman Chris Jensen Timothy Harvey Jason Hunt
March 11, 2017
LOGAN Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green Story by James Mangold Directed by James Mangold Produced by 20th Century Fox, Copyright 2017 "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is out until April, which times out perfectly for us to gather 'round the table and discuss the latest entry in the Marvel movies -- except it's not a Marvel Studios production (that's later this year), but the Fox production of the final Wolverine story, LOGAN. Starring Hugh Jackman in what's very likely his last performance as the Wolverine, this film packs in a lot of emotion along with a lot of action, and is already being hailed as a "not typical" superhero popcorn flick. Here, we regale you with our thoughts and reactions, plus a look at some of our favorite moments. WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS