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Monday, June 14, 2021

NTFB Supplemental: Alanna Kelly on recent MCU series

We were recently joined by friend of the show Alanna Kelly to record an upcoming episode, and after that recording was done she shared some of her thoughts on the recent MCU shows we reviewed in our last two episodes. It turned into a really interesting discussion, and we wanted to share it with you, so we've posted it as a public post on our Patreon site as the first ever Non-Toxic Fanboys: Supplemental. Alanna talks about the WandaVision finale, Isaiah Bradley, the rules of magic, and why her friendship with Glenn almost ended. We hope you enjoy this alternate perspective on our recent topics, and be sure you don’t miss our upcoming episode Alanna joins us to review her favorite movie!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/52474926

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Episode 58: The Confused Messaging of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Is Karli Morgenthau a young idealist forced into a desperate situation by the heartless decisions of detached multinational elites? Or is she the chief architect of an escalating campaign of terror who disturbs even her staunchest allies with her thirst for mass murder? Is John Walker an unhinged menace with an inferiority complex the size of Steve Rogers's pecs, whose violent outbursts lead to the escape of his enemy, the death of his best friend, and literal blood on his hands? Or is he an exemplary soldier who only wants to do the right thing and one little mistake really shouldn't be held against him? Has Isaiah Bradley been so badly mistreated and abused by his country that there's no longer any hope of meaningful restitution? Or will a museum exhibit make things better?

The Disney Marvel MCU miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier seems to answer all of these questions with an inconclusive whynotboth.gif, leaving Glenn & Scott a bit confused as they try to figure out exactly what the show is trying to say and what its characters actually believe. Along the way they also discuss the various Captains America, the role of Lemar Hoskins, Bucky’s online dating profile, the use of villainy in depicting villains, and how all of this is really Iron Man’s fault. Scott passionately defends the virtue of knowing things, while Glenn is horrified at potential injustices that may or may not be happening under the incredibly ill-defined and inconsistent government and legal systems. Also, follow along at home by counting how many things get stuck in Glenn’s craw! (Where exactly is one’s craw? Is getting things stuck there NSFW?)

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys or by shopping at Amazon using our Associates link https://amzn.to/2MLZaJ9. In our latest Patron-exclusive podcast, Glenn shares a very personal story about his own experience with grief and how it shaped his view of Wanda in her series. Come join us at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys to hear it!

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The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Buy the score to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier by Henry Jackman reviewed in this episode: