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MCU Villains – A Ranking

MCU Villains – A Ranking
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With the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 behind us, we decide to once and for all (until there’s more movies) rank the MCU Movie Villains! Well… we knock out the Top 10, anyway. And, Thanos isn’t #1!

Spoiler alert for any previous MCU film including Endgame and Far From Home!

We also talk news including NBC’s new stream app, Peacock, coming in 2020 with various reboots and The Office, we talk Birds of Prey’s first poster, Ghostbuster 2020 casting, the most recently canceled Marvel show, and our thoughts on Tony Stark appearing in the Black Widow film.

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MCU Villains – A Ranking

D23 Recap: Disney, Marvel, & Star Wars

We adjust the schedule to talk all things D23 Expo 2019! We talk Disney+, upcoming Disney canon projects like Lady and the Tramp, Cruella, Pixar’s Soul, and more! Then it’s off to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars! We leave the heavy lifting to our sibling series, the Echo Station podcast, but we still talk The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan’s new show, and The Rise of Skywalker trailer!

Then it’s back to the MCU to talk about the latest Marvel Studios announcements and details including 3 new live action shows, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk, a look at the cast of The Eternals, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Black Widow’s poster and white suite, Black Panther 2, and SpideyGate ’19!

We could do this all day!

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HPN Presents: MCU Tournament

(updated April 25nd, 2018 11:10AM CST with the final bracket, details below.)

March Madness is almost over with, but this is a perfect time for us at the HPN to throw our own tournament the only way we know how: pitting great movies against each other and letting our listeners do the dirty work for us!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will release its 19th film on April 26th, the heavily anticipated Infinity War. We have all waited 10 long years to see this film and have sat through 18 different Marvel showings, some better than others. To celebrate our dedication and fandom, join us in picking what you think is the BEST MCU FILM YET.

The bracket was put together using aggregate sites Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, and MetaCritic to determine tournament seeds.

Download and fill out your copy below. Don’t forget to follow our social media to vote online and get daily updates on winners! Championship winner announced on April 25th! Will you have a perfect bracket?

IT’S OVER! The MCU Tournament has come to an end. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who participated! Seriously, if you even voted a single time, thank you! Check out the final bracket below and you can still snag a blank one to create your own for fun.

We had some very close match-ups, specifically Captain America: Civil War beating out both Marvel’s Avengers and Doctor Strange by just a single vote and Avengers: Age of Ultron beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming by just two. Of course, some films crushed the competition, like Iron Man getting over 89% of the vote when up against its sequel.

Haven’t participated yet? Want a clean bracket? Download the Round 4 bracket below or the completely clean bracket at the bottom and keep on voting. Voting happens on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. So keep an eye on those accounts and may the best MCU movie win.

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HPN Presents: MCU Tournament

SH S4E11: Ranking the Avengers

It’s all Marvel this week as we rank the Top 20 Avengers with special guest, Jerry McMullen of the Worst Comic Podcast EVER!

Before we dive into the ranking, we give our spoiler-free quick take on Kingsman: The Golden Circle which we will be reviewing in full next week.

Then, it’s back to Marvel for our Avengers ranking. Now, we take into consideration several mediums: comic books, TV shows, cartoons, toys, and the MCU films. That means mutants and web-slingers are eligible for the list!

So check out our list and then let us know what you think in the comments or @HeroesPodcast on social media!

Don’t forget to check out our Patreon for a special Patron only clue to our first movie scene.

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SH S4E11: Ranking the Avengers

SH S4E07: Marvel’s The Defenders

Marvel’s Defenders is out and has been binged! DC Comics and Warner Bros announce some movie plans, Wonder Woman reigns champion, and more on this week’s episode! We dive into the details on the latest Marvel\Netflix series, The Defenders. We talk about what we liked, what we didn’t, what we thought about Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, plus all the villains and side characters!

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SH S4E07: Marvel’s The Defenders

SH S4E03: SDCC 2017 Recap

SDCC, the biggest comic con of the year, is over and we’re here to talk about our favorite moments, trailers, and announcements. We’ll be covering major franchises like Marvel and Infinity War, DC Comics and Justice League, plus Netflix’s Stranger Things, and even more.

What was your favorite SDCC moment?

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HPN Presents: Best Comic Book Movie of All Time

1st Annual HPN Madness!

2017 Best Comic Book Movie of All Time

Here’s the deal:

We asked you what the best comic book movies are of all time and you gave us these 32 to choose between. Now we’re relying on you to help us whittle it down to the nitty gritty.

Which is the all time best comic movie?

Every day, we’ll release one new match up and you’ll pick the winner. The movie with the most votes move on to the next round until we are down to the one and only best of the best.

You’ll be able to tune in every Tuesday to the Screen Heroes live broadcast at 9pm EST for the daily winners.

Keep up with your bracket, because the top three bracket winners will get awesome prize packs!*

You can find the starting bracket below.

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SH S2E14: Superhero Fall TV Prep

It’s that time of year again, time for the new TV season! With so much premiering in the months of September and October, we’ve decided just to focus on superhero themed TV series that premiere in those two months. This includes Marvel and DC related series. We’ll talk ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., FOX’s Gotham, Netflix’s Luke Cage, and The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. We’ll talk about where these shows left off last season, some expectations for this season, plus our hopes and dreams as these shows move forward, some in a positive direction and others on their way down.

Please be aware that we’ll be talking spoilers from these shows. Anything that happened prior to this season is fair game. We might talk last season’s finales, significant plot points, and where this season starts off. You have been warned.

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SH S1E13: Versus #1 – DC v Marvel

In the first installment of our new Versus series, Rae pits Ryan and I against each other in a classic battle of DC Comics versus Marvel Comics, hero against hero, power against power. Live streamed on Twitch, we randomly pick superheros out of a jar and have to defend why ours should beat the other. Match-ups include Batman versus Captain America, Red Hood v Daredevil, Wonder Woman, v Captain Marvel, and Doctor Fate v Doctor Strange. Additionally, our Twitch subscribers and followers were able to cast their votes live during the recording to help pick our winner! Was it me? Was it Ryan? You’ll have to listen to find out.

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SH S1E11: ‘What If’ Iron Man Died?

In our first installment of our new “What If” Screen Heroes segment, we explore the many different stories we’d come across if Iron Man (Tony Stark) died at the end of Marvel’s Avengers. How would Avengers: Age of Ultron be affected? Would other heroes be featured more prominently with Iron Man no longer in the limelight? What about Civil War? These questions and more are answered as we pick apart the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with this one creative change. We also go on a few tangents and rants. Always good times. Check out what we have to say and then give us your opinion in the comments below.

If you enjoyed the segment, shoot us some ‘What If’ scenarios you’d like us to tackle! Remember, we cover more than just comic book films and series. Anything featuring heroes on TV, in film, or video games is fair game.

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Finn Jones is Iron Fist

The last Defender to be cast in the Netflix corner of the MCU is Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones.

Joining Netflix Original Series Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, Iron Fist will revolve around the titular hero, a New York native who learned the mystical powers of martial arts found in the lost city of K’un-L’un.

Jones, who plays Ser Loras Tyrell on Game of Thrones, has also been seen in British show Hollyoakes. Dexter alum Scott Buck has been opted for showrunner.

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While an Iron Fist date is still unknown, expect to see him show up in Luke Cage considering they are superhero besties. The second season of Daredevil drops March 18th, a week ahead of DC Entertainment’s and Warner Bros’ Bamtan vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones slated for later this year.

What do you think of the casting choice? Are you excited to see Iron Fist come to life as a Netflix Original Series? Comment below with your thoughts!

(image source: Entertainment Weekly)

Finn Jones is Iron Fist

Why we Should be Excited for the Punisher

Punisher is set to debut on Netflix’s Daredevil season 2 in March but the character isn’t terribly well known. In this age of jaded heroes that are flawed he is absent in public conscious. But the Punisher stands as quintessential anti-hero and he deserves a better place in the public mind. He has no powers or exceptional abilities except one, his willingness to use lethal force. This sets him head and shoulders above all other heroes in ruthlessness. Because of his brutal methods he is consistently rated highly as a fan favorite, IGN ranked the Punisher #27 out of 100 of comic book heroes. But he hasn’t fared all too well in a life outside of the comic books.

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His portrayal in movies hasn’t been that great. Sometimes his films capture the mood and the character but drop the ball when it comes to plot. While at others times only paying lip service to what he is as a vigilante super hero. His guest appearances in other media such as video games and animated TV series has been closer to the comics but despite how brutally simple the character is, they have never quite got Frank Castle right. Netflix’s Marvel lineup has been impressive and with The Punisher announced as a future spinoff it could be that Netflix has given the Punisher the justice he deserves in the up and coming appearances. This is an incredible opportunity to bring a character to life that always been bungled in films.

The Punisher in Brief

Frank Castle is a simple character. He was a Marine Special Forces commando in Vietnam where he picked up many deadly skills. He enjoyed combat so much that he changed his name from Castiglione to Castle to sneak past the military’s rule of 3 tours of duty in Vietnam. Later, during a family trip to a park his family witnessed a mob killing and the mob, not wanting any witnesses, killed Frank’s family. As if by sheer will the Punisher refused to die and sets about his war on the mob and crime in general. This has left him emotionally scarred and twisted. He is a man without a family or any connections. Maybe his only power is that he has nothing to lose.

Punish Origin

But this doesn’t really make the character special, I mean heaven is full of dead super hero families, and even some characters that are somewhat ruthless. But not as nearly so as the punisher. What makes the Punisher so unique is that he is waging a one man war. Frank Castle sees the world in simple terms, in the black and white. If a person is guilty of severe crimes then he declares war on them, everything is fair game; Psychological warfare, torture, and executions to name a few. Where a warrant declares a criminal as “wanted dead or alive” the Punisher always ops for killing. In fact he never sets out to capture or persuade, if you’re in his sites he’s coming to kill you, its as simple as that. Not many heroes can claim that. Where a character like Spiderman may rush in, relying on his abilities to capture the criminal, the Punisher stalks his prey and when the time is right unleashes lethal firepower, anywhere from a long range sniper shot to a car bomb. Or if its in is favor he’ll go in guns blazing, All’s fair in war.

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Punisher Compared to Others

He may come off has being too simple and boring, as a character who just runs around killing people but there is something more to the Punisher. Its his willingness to go all the way that liberates him. He doesn’t have to worry about morality, society or the law, punishment he is beyond that. The Punisher is free to go 100%, to let loose. Criminals may fear being captured by other heroes but they know they can wiggle out in courts with lawyers, or they can even escape from prison if it come to it. As seen with the revolving door that is Arkham. But the Punisher is different and in his own words
They laugh at the law. The rich ones who buy it and twist it to their whims. The other ones, who have nothing to lose, who don’t care about themselves, or other people. All the ones who think they’re above the law, or outside it, or beyond it. They know all the law is good for is to keep good people in line. And they all laugh. They laugh at the law. But they don’t laugh at me.” -Return to Big Nothing Vol 1 1

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When you compare the Punisher to other super heroes this is where he stands out most. In this modern age of the popularity of the “anti-hero” Frank Castle out does them all. No other hero is as much of an anti-hero as Castle. Take for example the premier anti-hero Batman. He has a strict no kill policy, sure he may say “I’m not going to kill you but I don’t have to save you” but despite all of the mind games and intimidation he never intends to kill anyone. A much more modern conception of anti-hero, Wolverine, kills people left and right. But its usually not his agenda. Sure hill kill ya if you get in the way or if you really irritate him. But usually his agenda is with the X-men, and they are about protecting mutant rights. It’s the Punisher who stands at the far end of the spectrum of being the anti-hero. From the outset he is planning to kill his target, never capture them. Torture and interrogation notwithstanding. Not many other heroes can claim this. They are always tip toeing around it, but the Punisher is never held back it and this is what gives him the edge. This is what makes a pycho with some guns capable of competing in the superhero big leagues.

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It has been said that the Punisher is a modern take on Captain America, a perfect soldier sent to war. Except when he went to Vietnam it twisted and changed him inside. In many ways he’s America reaction to the post Vietnam era. Castle did every thing right in war but came home to tragedy. If Captain America would’ve gone to Vietnam he and lost his family he may have turned out the same. A powerful parable of about characters being a product of their enviroment, and by extension, fate.

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How Netflix Needs To Do It

Netflix as already done an excellent job of capturing action in its shows but Netflix has some advantages over the films. For the most part the films failed to show the suffering of victims. Its that one two punch that gives Punisher stories value. And this is why I’m excited for Netflix’s interpretation of the Punisher. They’ve shown an ability to humanize characters of their stories, both villains and victims. Sure its been said that a hero is defined by his villains but I don’t think this is so much the case with the Punisher, the villains are just fodder to him. The Punisher doesn’t have many great villains because he kills them. Sure there are some reoccurring ones but they don’t have the same epic feel as some other mainstream villains.

 

Casting Jon Bernthal as the Punisher is brilliant. What was lacking from a lot of versions of the Punisher in films was the grim, almost veteran soldier feel. All twisted and turned by tragedy. That and atleast having a soft side to show towards innocent people. Bernthal has already proving all of these aspects on his other hit success, The Walking Dead. That and he looks like depictions of him in the comics.

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Its showing the suffering of the victims and the Punishers connection with that that is needed. At best they may show that Castle lost his family but they never really have him connecting with anyone. Despite his ruthlessness in comics he is warm and kind towards the innocent. Its as almost has if he has some empathy for victims and this is the key to showing the character’s depth. Showing this would accomplish two things that have always being missing from the films, it would humanize him and make the punishment much more meaningful, much more satisfying. If Netflix’s track record of both Jessica Jones and Daredevil show they can do just that.

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What makes the Punisher such a good opportunity has that how poorly he has been done so far in film. The public at large just sees him as a “guy who runs around shooting people.” But he is more than that. In a world where anti-heros are the norm he makes them all look like boy scouts. He’s known as a maniac and crazy man, he even shot wolverine in the balls. You don’t get much more anti-hero than that. And we are about to see him on Netflix, a company that has consistently hit its mark with super hero shows with great plots. Its about time the Punisher is done properly.balls 2

Dirty Laundry

Take for an example this little nugget of an homage below. Called Dirty Laundry it does all of these things that the any Punisher story needs to do. Described as a love letter to the character from the fans and having some great actors. It premiered at the 2012 San Diego Comicon and at the moment, it’s the best depiction of Frank Castle outside the comics so far. Hopefully Netflix will improve on it.

Why we Should be Excited for the Punisher