In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel return to the final space-jaunt before Avengers: Infinity War, celebrate an awesome new character who's also a failure of LGBTQ representation, and ponder what makes "essential Marvel" (43:22).
May contain NSFW language.
FilmWonk rating: 6.5 out of 10
Music for this episode is the tracks, "Planet Sakaar" and "What Heroes Do" from the original score to Thor: Ragnarok, by Mark Mothersbaugh.
CORRECTION: Sorry Spidey. The last MCU film that we reviewed was Spider-Man: Homecoming. But that one took place on Earth and we both loved it, so it wasn't the first comparison that jumped to mind.
The TVTropes page that we referred to in consideration of Valkyrie's proposed LGBTQ backstory is called "Bury Your Gays" - we also referred to the trope known as "Fridged", a term popularized by comic book writer Gail Simone, a reference to a dubious storyline in Green Lantern, in which the villain leaves the corpse of Kyle Rayner's girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt, stuffed into a refrigerator for him to find.
We were not able to find a definite answer on whether Thanos "court[ing] Death" could be a reference to Hela (Cate Blanchett), but there has been speculation along those lines.
We fudged the release dates a bit - Black Panther is February 26, 2018 (in just 3 months!), Avengers: Infinity War is May 4, 2018, and the untitled Avengers sequel to that film is scheduled for May 3, 2019.