Marvel Cinematic Universe Breakdown (Part 1)

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Avengers: Infinity War is poised to take the entire world by storm this summer, so for our monthly Cinemaholics crossover episode, we’re revisiting and analyzing the first 11 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From Iron Man to Avengers: Age of Ultron, we discuss the hits and misses of the first two phases of the MCU and have a fun series of agreements and disagreements along the way…

Hosted by Sam Noland, Jason Read, and Anthony Battaglia. Featuring special guest Jack Muldoon!

Note: At the time of recording, we neglected to realize that Ant-Man technically counts as being part of Phase 2. We will discuss Ant-Man and address the mistake in next week’s episode!

Question for you: What do you believe is the most underrated MCU installment? Also, which Guardian of the Galaxy is your favorite? Comment below, email us at, or follow us on Twitter @AnywayCast. All feedback is hugely appreciated!

  • 0:02:00 – Introduction to the MCU
  • 0:08:40 – Iron Man (2008)
  • 0:15:00 – The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • 0:23:00 – Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • 0:30:24 – Thor (2011)
  • 0:37:00 – Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • 0:44:34 – The Avengers (2012)
  • 0:50:42 – Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • 0:59:33 – Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • 1:05:56 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • 1:13:07 – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • 1:19:58 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • 1:28:47 – Final Thoughts


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20 thoughts on “Marvel Cinematic Universe Breakdown (Part 1)

  1. Sam, your opinion on Incredible Hulk is my everything.

    • Thanks Podfather! I’m glad you enjoy my seldom-heard angry side…


    Sam, congratulations, couldn’t have happened to a worthier chap. As someone who loves to hate the MCU (and vice versa at times), this episode was immensely satisfying.

    • Welcome, welcome, welcome!

    • That’s awesome to hear you enjoyed it! We really enjoyed doing it, and we’re glad that came through in the episode. Hopefully part 2 won’t disappoint…

  3. I was ready to hate on Sam for dissing Winter Soldier, but those were some good points.

    • It’s reassuring to hear that I’m capable of defending myself…I’m really glad that so many people love Winter Soldier, it’s just not quite what I wanted.

  4. I loved this episode. Best one since Wes Anderson. This guest was ok but I wanna give a specific shoutout to Jason for talking about his experiences rewatching the movies, like with Avengers. It’s so different to hear a measured take on disliking Avengers but then coming to appreciate it. Made his other criticisms a bit more credible in general.

    also can’t believe there were not one, but TWO interesting discussions about the Iron Man sequels in one podcast. Excelsior, gentlemen.

    • I really liked the guest! Kind of sad he’s not coming around for Part 2.

    • Uma Burman Thanks so much! We like to consider Jason to be the heart of the show for that reason. We’re not surprised that the Iron Man discussion went on for a long time, and we’re glad you found them interesting!

      Meh Marvin The schedule didn’t work out this time, but we’re looking to hopefully bring Jack back on the show somewhere down the line…

  5. I love Anthony, but his Hulk criticisms were way off honestly. They explain Hulk plenty decently, you don’t need a detailed exposition and the point is that the Hulk’s powers and presence are kind of mysterious. If they weren’t, he’d be a huge plot-breaker.

    • That’s an interesting point you make about how Hulk’s powers are mysterious…I’m sure that Hulk is a really difficult character to build a story around, especially in a universe full of other heroes. It seems like they have something interesting in mind going forward, so maybe the future will hold the answers we’re looking for.

  6. Huh. I thought Ant-Man was Phase 3 as well. Why…isn’t it?

    • We’re not quite sure, to be honest. My best guess is that it’s considered part of Phase 2 so that Phase 2 ultimately equals out to 6 films, just like Phase 1. We’ll address the mistake on this week’s episode, but it does seem a bit anticlimactic to end a phase with a standalone story, much less Ant-Man.

  7. I’m totally onboard with the love for Iron Man 3. It’s so much better than a lot of people gripe about.

    • It seems like a lot of people are starting to revisit it and come around on it, which is obviously very exciting for me. The plot is a little wonky, but as a continuation of the Iron Man story I believe it’s really solid.

  8. This was actually a really thorough analysis of the movies without much fanboying. I’m seriously pumped to hear your takes on Phase 3, which I would consider the strongest of the MCU movies by far (collectively at least).

    • Thanks so much! I can confirm that at least one of us agrees with your statement…

  9. When’s Part 2 coming out?

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