ECHO REVIEW! Today we are reviewing Marvel Studios’ latest show and the first under the Spotlight banner– ECHO. All episodes of Echo are now streaming on Disney+ and Hulu. Note: to access the show on Disney+ you need to enable mature content.
NOTE: ECHO is NOT for children. This episode may contain things not suitable for little ears.
Echo packed a lot into 5 episodes (our only complaint really– we wanted more!) from Maya’a backstory to cultural significance and of course some bad*ss fighting. We breakdown what we loved about this series…which may have included some fangirling over Cody Lightning’s Biscuits. But it also meant discussing creative sound usage, hand-to-hand combat, and the acting prowess of both Alaqua and Vincent.
After the events of Hawkeye, Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) is being pursued by Kingpin’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) criminal empire. On the run and injured, Maya makes her way home where she must confront the family she and her father left behind. While there she also begins to feel a draw to the past and the legacy of her Choctaw heritage. However, it isn’t long before Fisk’s men catch up to her, pulling her family and the town into the war she started.
Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania Reaction & Breakdown
After the events of Avengers Endgame, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is spending his free time writing a memoir “Look Out For The Little Guy.” With life going back to somewhat normal, Scott longs to make up for lost time with his daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton). Cassie meanwhile has been busy with Hope and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) seeking a way to map the Quantum Realm. When Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) learns what they are up to she becomes fearful and urges them to stop. Unfortunately, the warning comes too late, and the machine Cassie has built sucks them all into Quantum Realm where the time-traveling, multiversal, and powerful Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) rules. Dark secrets come to light putting everyone in greater peril. The clock is ticking as they race to stop Kang and his army before time runs out.
From the Quantum Realm to Jimmy Woo and those post-credit scenes, we talk our favorites, theories, hits, and misses. We may not agree on the misses but we do agree that Jonathan Majors is a force and that the Kang Dynasty is here!
Welcome back Marvel fans! Today we are talking about episode 4 of Moon Knight. The race to Ammit’s statue comes to an end in more ways than one. There are a lot of familiar faces here, but what is actually happening? What is real and what is fake? We have some thoughts.
This is your spoiler warning if you haven’t seen episode 4 of Moon Knight.
Moon Knight Episode 4 Breakdown & Easter Eggs
Khonshu’s ushabti is placed on the wall alongside NINE other Egyptian gods. The most recognizable is Anubis. In the comics, Anubis helped Marc when he was trying to escape from Ammit’s illusions. More on that at the end of the episode. If the current Ennead, who is definitely missing members, trapped Anubis, who else have they imprisoned?
Steven and Layla make it inside the tomb of Ammit’s avatar, clearly a wealthy Pharaoh. Bloody mummification tools are at the campsite they raid, however they do not see them. As a result, Layla and Steven wind up in some serious bloody trouble. Inside the tomb, they encounter undead Heka priests and Arthur’s henchman.
Arthur SHOOTS Marc and “kills” him. Or does he? Marc awakens in a mental hospital. Poor Dr. Harrow is only trying to help. There are a lot of familiar faces inside the hospital, even Gus the Goldfish. Marc isn’t sure what to make of all this. If you haven’t read the comics you might equally be confused. Don’t worry that is what we are here for.
More Jake Lockley proof and there is a Hippo goddess.
What did you think about the latest Moon Knight? Leave a comment or tweet us!
Welcome back Marvel fans! Today we are talking about episode 3 of Moon Knight. Arthur Harrow has the scarab so Marc needs to find another way to stop him. In Egypt, he teams up with Layla and faces an old comic book foe. Plus did Marvel just reveal there is another identity inside Marc’s body?
So this is your spoiler warning if you haven’t seen episode 3 of Moon Knight.
Moon Knight Episode 3 Breakdown and Easter Eggs
Layla picks up a fake passport in order to follow Marc to Egypt. Good thing she does that considering he definitely needs her help finding a certain clue to Ammit’s tomb. But before that, Marc and Steven try to get information about Arthur in order to stop him. It doesn’t go as planned and neither of the guys owns up to killing the Ammit followers. Does that mean there is a third identity lurking in the mind? We think so.
This episode introduces MCU fans to Anton Mogart, aka Midnight Man, a comic book foe of Moon Knight. Like in the comics, Anton steals things not because he wants the money but because he likes to collect things. And just like the comics, his encounter with Marc Spector leaves him left for dead… maybe.
After some fancy sky work, Khonshu is imprisoned in a shabti which means Marc/Steven and whoever else is using the body won’t have access to Khonshu’s powers. That could prove to be a big problem next week as the race to get to Ammit’s tomb continues.
What did you think about the latest Moon Knight? Leave a comment or tweet us!
Welcome back Marvel fans! Today we are talking about the first MCU show of 2022: Moon Knight. It’s time for the world to meet Marc, um Steven Grant, a gift shopist who has issues sleeping. His dreams seem very realistic, but luckily they are only dreams. Or are they? Soon enough the lines between real and fake are blurred, add in a moon deity and poor Steven’s world is turned completely upside down.
So this is your spoiler warning if you haven’t seen episode 1 of Moon Knight.
Moon Knight Episode 1 Breakdown & Easter Eggs
The episode starts with a look at cult leader Arthur Harrow. In the show, he is the leader of the followers of Ammit. In the comics, he is a Nobel Prize candidate for his work in pain theory. The glass thing might be a nod to the former unless they explain it more in future episodes.
Steven Grant wakes up chained to his bed. He does this and many other things around his apartment to reassure himself that he did not get up and wander around in the night. After another day at the museum, Steven attempts to stay away. However, he falls asleep at some point and awakens in a field in Germany. If that castle looks familiar then you too watched Marvel’s What If?
The voice of Khonshu is heard, clearly annoyed that Steven once again is in control of the body. After a run-in with Harrow and his goons who are after the golden scarab Steven somehow has in his pocket, he flees. But not before he blacks out again and comes to with bloody fists and a pile of beaten-up bad guys around him.
Some more blacking out, more yelling by Khonshu, and poof Steven wakes up back at home. It was all a dream. Or was it? Harrow has followed him to the museum and sends jackals after him at night. Good thing Marc is around-ish to help.
The highly anticipated Marvel Studios trailer for Moon Knight finally dropped and fans had a lot to say about it. We say everything from Moon Knight die hards celebrating to other MCU people liking it but having no idea what they watched. Don’t worry, the Geek Girls have your back.
It’s time to embrace the chaos. If you missed the Moon Knight trailer, watch this first and then let’s talk about it.
Kid Cudi’s Day ‘n’ Night sets the tone for the trailer as we meet Steven Grant who has quite a few issues. Steven? Isn’t this show about Marc? Yes and yes. See one of the things you need to know about Moon Knight is that he has more than one personality. He suffers from dissociative personality disorder and in the comics he has five alters or personalities.
Due to the clever use of mirrors and a Dick Van Dyke cockney accent, the show will attempt to help viewers follow who is in control of Marc at any given time. Cockney accent: Steven, Gruff American who is also kicking butt: Marc Spector/Moon Knight, White Suit: Mr. Knight, and it’s unclear how Jake Lockley will be distinguished from the rest.
Ethan Hawke is playing the villainous Arthur Harrow, a cult leader and the obvious villain of the show. We say obvious because after all there could be another bigger bad lurking in the shadows. No we don’t think it is Mephisto but it could be the Sun King or someone else.
Eternals tie in? Yes there is definitely a tie in here. So if you haven’t watched Eternals, you might want to before the show. It’s on Disney+ now so you can skip undesirable parts aka that unnecessary beach scene. How does it relate to Moon Knight? Well you will have to listen to find out.
Welcome back Marvel fans! Life got in the way but we are back and breaking down Episodes 6 and 7 of Marvel’s What If…? Episode 6 we discover “What If… Killmonger rescued Tony Stark?” Short answer: bad things. Then in Episode 7 “What If…Thor were an only child?” apparently he turns into a MAJOR frat boy. Who knew Loki kept him that much in check?
So this is your spoiler warning if you haven’t seen episodes 6 & 7 of What If…?
What If Episodes 6 & 7 Breakdown
What If Episode 6
Our least favorite Avenger Tony Stark is almost taken out by a missile of his own making. However before he can be stranded in the desert, Killmonger appears out of nowhere and saves him. In this universe, Killmonger is still out for revenge on those that have crossed him. And he just found a way to make his evil dreams come true.
Quickly, much to the chagrin of Happy and Pepper, Tony promotes Killmonger and begins work on project Liberator. Thing Iron Legion but more hardcore. They needed vibranium though so sneaky, slimy Klaue comes to play. Killmonger set everyone up though and the results are catastrophic. Well, except for him.
After delivering Klaue’s body, he was welcomed back to Wakanda. With T’Challa dead, King T’Chaka is happy to have his nephew back. But make no mistake Killmonger has plans and that includes becoming Black Panther. Which he does. “Wakanda Forever” is cringe worthy coming out of his mouth. Anyways, only two people have suspicions about him and that would be Shuri and Pepper who are teaming up to stop him, maybe in Season 2.
Episode 7 featured the biggest party in the realms and everyone who is anyone showed up to hang out with Thor god of parties. So many amazing cameos in this one from Surtur to Howard the Duck. The Grandmaster was DJing the whole thing and Thor kept the magical brew going.
Even the Frost Bros with Prince Loki of Jotunheim showed up to hang out. But you can’t trash earth like a frat house and not expect consequences. Captain Marvel came to shut it down and we got some epic fight sequences.
But, it was THE ENDING that had our jaws dropped. We want the upcoming battle with Ultron Vision (Vision Ultron) to be the final episode of the season. What about you?
Welcome back Marvel fans! Last week we shared our breakdown and thoughts on episode 3 of What If, and if you thought that one was dark, Episode 4 said hold my TEA. Marvel went there and we discover “What If… Doctor Strange lost his heart instead of his hands?” Apparently, the answer to that is UTTER DEVASTATION.
So this is your spoiler warning if you haven’t seen episode 4 of What If…?
What If Episode 4 Breakdown
Although this week’s episode of What If started off somewhat familiar, things took a turn for the worse pretty quickly. Instead of Strange losing the ability to use his hands in the car accident, Christine dies. This sets him on the path to become a sorcerer. “Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.” And he wins. Everything is great until it isn’t. Not being able to let go of the past proves to be his and this timeline’s undoing.
Wong warns him not to mess with the fabric of time but Strange doesn’t listen. We get to watch Christine die 7 more times to drive home the point: if you mess with the timeline BAD things happen. The Ancient One appears and attempts to stop Strange but he escapes to the Library of Cagliostro. It’s the same Cagliostro whose book was stolen in Doctor Strange. There were some comic book tie-ins here and The Watcher gets a little closer to the action than he probably should.
Strange on his quest to fix that point in time begins to absorb the energy of SEVERAL mystical beings, including one familiar beast from Episode 1. The others resemble the other Great Old Ones or the baddie from DuckTales, you decide. Strange Supreme must be stopped and can only be stopped by one person. Doctor Strange.
One small lighthearted moment later, Doctor Strange is thrown into a meeting with his crazy other self. The showdown isn’t pretty and does not end well, for anyone. The Watcher even talks to Strange, refusing to intervene despite Strange’s pleads. And then the credits roll on the darkest episode of Marvel’s What If..? yet.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is on fire at the box office, pulling in serious numbers despite the pandemic. We’ve seen it a bunch of times and couldn’t wait to share all the Shang-Chi Easter eggs with you. But we also knew we wanted to have our friend Mike from the What You Talking podcast join us. Mike has hung out with on here before for the Friend, Marry, Kill Marvel edition. Here is a quick recap: he loathes Iron Fist, Jane Foster, and Shirtless Shang-Chi. The last one we naturally don’t agree with.
This is your spoiler warning if you have not watched Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi Easter Eggs
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings featured a lot of Easter eggs not only from Marvel Comics and the MCU but also from Chinese mythology. The way the filmmakers wove in these various nods made for an awesome film.
Some of our favorites were how the Mandarin issue was addressed from Iron Man 3 and of course the mythical creatures. Morris is a star and we all agree that he needs a Marvel One Shot with Trevor to show us what their life is like now in Ta-Lo.
We naturally supported the Shirtless Simu scenes but Mike is waiting for a What If… Shang-Chi Keeps His Shirt On? Probably won’t happen but Mike is willing to stay on that hill… alone.
Aside from the shirtless debate, we also discussed what would’ve made Shang-Chi better, spoiler: more Michelle Yeoh, what we think about those post credit scenes, and where the Ten Rings might show up next.
It was another fun one! Thanks Mike for joining us! We will see you again when the Thor Love and Thunder trailer debuts if not before.
Welcome back Marvel fans! We have been itching to talk Shang-Chi with all of you and now that the embargo has lifted we can do that! Don’t worry our Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings review will be spoiler-free. As a bonus, we had the opportunity to interview the cast of Shang-Chi and we are sharing some highlights from that as well.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has easily worked its way into our top 10 lists for MCU films, maybe even top 5 in some cases. With a unique story and incredible action and visuals, it is the best MCU origin film since phase 1. It also happens to be in our top 3 for that, nothing beats an Alan Menken song though, sorry Simu.
Not only is this an epic addition to the MCU lineup and arguably the best way to kick off Phase 4 excitement… no offense Black Widow, but it also introduces us to a whole new world of mythology and culture that many fans are unfamiliar with. If you thought the rhinos in Black Panther were amazing, you haven’t seen anything yet. So while yes this is a superhero movie it transcends that and tells a story that could stand on its own outside of the MCU. In fact, viewers might forget they are watching a comic book movie if it wasn’t for some cameos sprinkled in.
The entire film is visually stunning, from the lighting to the special effects and the costumes. Looking for action? The fight scenes are beyond anything that we have seen before, each better than the last and they all lead into a mind-blowing finale that will have you cheering.