24: The Blanket at the Bottom of the Ocean

Thor: Ragnarok is probably in the top three Thor films.

This podcast contains adult language and spoilers for all three Thor films plus the Walt Simonson run, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Planet Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Show Notes

1:21 – Although Taika Waititi’s previous work has often been comedic, I didn’t mean to imply he lacked directorial chops. His previous films as director include the Oscar-nominated short “Two Cars, One Night,” all-time New Zealand domestic box office champ Boy, and – as we will shortly mention – What We Do in the Shadows.

2:26 – Taika Waititi directed four episodes of HBO’s failing-rock-band sitcom Flight of the Conchords, two of which he wrote, but his only onscreen appearance was a brief uncredited cameo.

11:10 – Some of my references are very old, guys! Sorry!

12:51 – Peter David wrote The Incredible Hulk (vol. 1) for 12 years, from issue #331 to #467. “Professor” Hulk first appeared in #377, when therapy with his super-strong psychiatrist, Doc Samson, allowed Bruce Banner to merge all of his personalities into one super-strong, super-smart whole, this new personality modeled – according to David – on Val Kilmer’s character in the movie Real Genius.

13:33 – For more on the 1970s Defenders (vol. 1) era Hulk, I recommend Titan Up the Defense.

17:31 – Fearless Defenders ran for 13 issues in 2013 and 2014, featuring an all-female superteam calling themselves the Valkyrior. Under the pen of series writer Cullen Bunn, Valkyrie struck up a relationship with adventure archaeologist Dr. Annabelle Riggs.

23:12 – Actually, Sean, PK got it right the first time.

24:41 – At a point in the Infinity Watch series when Adam Warlock had all six Infinity Gems and needed to keep them secure, he gave the Space Gem (the comic book equivalent of the Tesseract) to his sidekick, Pip the Troll, reasoning that if anyone came after it, Pip would just use it to teleport away – harnessing Pip’s self-preservation instinct to prevent anyone from gathering all six Gems.

27:40 – The Elders of the Universe are highly powerful but sub-cosmic entities, most of whom are the sole survivors of different alien races. There are at least 11 Elders, as revealed in a Silver Surfer story arc when a group of Elders joined forces in a plot to kill Galactus. The Celestials are apparently much older and more powerful, capable of pulling off tricks like effortlessly destroying the Destroyer – or creating all life in the universe.

28:12 – We know that Thor and Loki didn’t end up on Sakaar by way of a portal from Earth – they fell out of the Bifrost bridge. However, we can assume there’s a portal directly from Earth to Sakaar because Hulk managed to fly there by Quinjet.

31:20 – Cryx is the obligatory undead faction in the Warmachine miniatures game.

34:39 – That was a World of Warcraft reference.

35:18 – Stallord is a boss from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, an undead dragon whose severed head chases the protagonist around breathing fire.

46:03 – Okay, this confusion is the result of a renegade homophone. Skaar, whose name sounds like “scar,” is Hulk’s son born on the planet Sakaar during the Planet Hulk storyline. Green Scar is the personality the Hulk took on to survive in the gladiatorial pits of Sakaar, and which subsequently took on the Illuminati once returned to Earth in World War Hulk.

46:41 – Although Hulk’s wife, Caiera (who does have superhuman strength, thankfully) was killed in the explosion of the spaceship the Illuminati used to send Hulk off-Earth, his two sons, Skaar and Hiro-Kala, survived and even had their own ongoing series for 17 issues, entitled Son of Hulk.

47:41 – You can hear more from J in our MMO episode.

1:00:14 – Illyana “Magik” Rasputin, Colossus’s little sister, was abducted into the hellish dimension Limbo where she spent seven years learning darkest sorcery before returning the same day. Her struggles with her dark power and her diabolic tutor’s attempts to reclaim her and use her to conquer the Earth were central story arcs in the New Mutants (vol. 1) spin-off series.

1:00:26 – I’m referring to Reverend William Stryker, the charismatic mutant-hating televangelist villain of God Loves, Man Kills.

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