Monday, August 13, 2018

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: The Fugitive

The MovieFilm boys celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest action movies of all time with a brand new commentary track for 1993's The Fugitive! Join the hunt as Brian and Zaki settle in to watch the Harrison Ford-Tommy Lee Jones thriller based on the classic television series, offering up plenty of production anecdotes as well insights into their own personal history with famous chase picture. Either watch along with us or listen on the go, but either way, catch it via the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And as always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Zaki's Review: Mission: Impossible - Fallout

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt now comfortably sits in the pantheon of the greatest action heroes of all time. The star continually displays an indefatigable willingness to subject himself to punishing barrages of punches, falls, and sheer gravity that would leave most superheroes gasping for breath. In Mission: Impossible - Fallout -- the sixth entry in Paramount's venerable brand -- Cruise is the effect. Look, there he is executing a HALO jump while trying to get his unconscious colleague's parachute to deploy. Look, there he is dangling from a rope that is itself dangling from an airborne helicopter. Look, there he is literally breaking his ankle jumping across a building.

All for you. All for us. Are we not entertained?

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The MovieFilm Podcast: Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Tom Cruise is back in theaters as superspy Ethan Hunt, and the MovieFilm boys are ready to accept the mission to discuss Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the sixth entry in the globetrotting two-decade old action franchise. Listen in for a spoiler-filled talk about what we thought of this latest Mission, and if it’s a franchise best. But that’s not all! We also have some quick takes on a handful of new releases, reactions to the trailers for Shazam! Aquaman, and Venom, thoughts on the sudden firing of director James Gunn from the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, and so much more! Listen via the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Out Now with Aaron and Abe Podcast: Mission: Impossible - Fallout

This week's Out Now with Aaron and Abe has the gang pulling off one of their biggest stunts yet. Aaron and Abe are joined by Devindra Hardawar and ME to talk Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The group has plenty of praise to give to the well-received blockbuster, but there’s still more to talk about. Among topics covered, we have a fun round of Know Everybody (6:05), some Out Now Quickies™ (18:47), Trailer Talk for Alita: Battle Angel (30:29), the main review (39:03), Games (1:08:45), and Out Now Feedback (1:18:00). We then wrap things up (1:36:50) and end on some bloopers (­1:48:45), following this week's closeout song. So now, if you've got an hour or so to kill…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Diffused Congruence: Brother Ali

We're joined this episode by legendary rapper and community activist Brother Ali for an in-depth conversation about his journey to Islam, his musical inspirations, and how he tries to better the world at large through his art. It's an engaging and insightful hour-and-change, and we're sure you'll enjoy giving it a listen just as much as we enjoyed simply being there to facilitate it. Listen via the embed below, or via iTunes or Stitcher. As always, please hit "like" on our Facebook page, and send any comments or questions to DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Anything Goes Podcast: Impossible Mission Franchise (A Retrospective)

This past week I accepted a mission extended by friend and fellow podcaster Tim Rooney to join him on his excellent Anything Goes Podcast for an in-depth discussion on the Mission: Impossible film franchise in the lead-up to this week's release of the sixth installment, Mission: Impossible - Fallout. I had a great time reminiscing about the various entries in the Tom Cruise spy series, now in its twenty-second year (!!), and sharing my thoughts on which ones I liked and which ones I liked slightly less, and I hope you'll enjoy giving it a listen below. And if you're any kind of a film buff I highly recommend diving into Tim's archives and giving his back catalogue a listen. A lot of great stuff!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Steven Weber Talks Wings, The Shining, and More!

For the latest Nostalgia Theater show, I was honored to be joined for the hour by veteran actor Steven Weber for a fond look back at his time as snarky pilot Brian Hackett on the seminal '80s-'90s sitcom Wings. In addition, he also reflected on his turn stepping into Jack Nicholson's shoes in the TV remake of Stephen King's The Shining, playing TV exec Jack Rudolph on Aaron Sorkin's short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and so much more! It's a humorous and engaging conversation full of the kind of real talk and insight that can only come from three decades of being a regular presence on our television screens. This is one of my very favorite Nostalgia Theaters that I've ever recorded, and after you hear it, I'm sure it'll be easy to see why. Listen via the embed below, or subscribe at iTunes, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). Like always, send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Zaki's Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Arriving just two short months after the sturm un drang of Avengers: Infinity War and its appropriately apocalyptic climax (there's a special kind magic in looking around after a movie ends and seeing a screening room full of shellshocked little kids that look like all hope has been drained from their lives), Peyton Reed's Ant-Man and the Wasp offers a much needed respite from that movie's world-ending pyrotechnics in favor of something a little more spritely and frolicsome, but no less engaging. You might recall that I was quite enamored of the first Ant-Man when it hit theaters three years ago. That affection only grew on subsequent viewings, and I even included it in my top ten movies for 2015.

As such, I already had a great deal of enthusiasm heading into this follow-up, which arrives as the third volley in what has been, by any measure, a barnburner of a year for Marvel Studios, having begun 2018 by demolishing all critical and box office expectations with Black Panther, and then repeating the trick a few months later with Infinity War. Given that, it's even more admirable what Ant-Man and the Wasp accomplishes. Rather than risk losing the thread by needlessly trying to match those other movies for spectacle or social commentary, the sequel for Marvel's smallest (and biggest) hero instead doubles down on what worked previously: Fun!

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Die Hard 30th Anniversary Special!

Yippee-ki-yay, MovieFilm-ers! One of the greatest action movies of all time — 1988’s Die Hard — turns 30 years old today, and to mark the occasion, Brian and Zaki set down for another of our MovieFilm commentaries! And for this edition we couldn’t be more excited it be joined by friend of the show and Die Hard mega-fan Paul Shirey, editor-in-chief of our favorite destination for entertainment news Joblo.com, for a fun and informative discussion into the history and making of the Bruce Willis-starring, John McTiernan-directed action opus, why it spawned one of Fox’s most successful franchises, and why it remains the cream of the crop for the genre even three decades out. You can listen through the embed below, or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And as always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: The Dark Knight 10th Anniversary Special!

The MovieFilm boys are back again for a special commentary marking the 10th anniversary of one of the most influential superhero movies in history: The Dark Knight! Christopher Nolan's 2008 epic starring Christian Bale as Batman and the late, lamented Heath Ledger in his Oscar-winning turn as the Joker reached rarified air upon its release a decade ago, and its estimation has only grown in the ten years since, with an entire genre striving mightily to match its massive cultural and critical footprint. Listen in as Brian and Zaki discuss storytelling techniques and offer anecdotes and trivia. You can hear the track on its own or watch the movie along with us, but either way, check out the track via the embed below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The MovieFilm Podcast: Ant-Man and the Wasp

The MovieFilm boys return for their second go-round this week as we dive in for a spoiler-and-all conversation about the latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios: Ant-Man and the Wasp! After Black Panther and Infinity War, it's easy to imagine the Disney superhero factory had maxed out, but we both had big fun with Marvel's littlest hero. Listen in for our takes on why we were so happy to see Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, and Michael Douglas back in franchise form as their superhero alter egos! Hear it through the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The MovieFilm Podcast: Letters, Headlines, and More!

In the first dose of a MovieFilm doubleheader this week, Brian thanks his lucky stars for the existence of Moviepass as he catches us up on a whole host of new and recent releases. From there, it’s a deep dive into the mailbag as we offer thoughts on the impending (?) Disney/Fox merger and a window into our commentary track decision-making process. After that, it’s on to headlines: The Joker gets an origin! Doctor Strange gets a sequel! And it’s looking like a renaissance for octogenarian action heroes with the impending returns of Indiana Jones, Lando Calrissian, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard! Plus: George Lucas’ original plans for the Star Wars sequel trilogy, why it’s a good thing that Jurassic World has become the new Transformers, and much more! Hear it at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And like always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Zaki's Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

As I made clear in my look at Jurassic World three years ago, I've always been something of an easy mark for the Jurassic Park series. Notwithstanding the 1993 original, which can legitimately lay claim to the label of "modern classic," the various other entries in the Steven Spielberg-produced Universal franchise have all offered up variations of "see dinosaurs, run from dinosaurs." And honestly, that's kind of enough for me. Some do it better, some do it worse, but give me a Jurassic that makes sure to include those key ingredients, and I'm at basically halfway committed already.

That rather lengthy intro should offer some necessary context as I dive into the fifth entry, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (which arrived in theaters just in time to mark the franchise's continued vitality during its silver anniversary). Directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly (who served the same duties last time) with Spielberg still godfathering the whole thing, we enter the action with an impending environmental catastrophe threatening to wipe out the remaining dinosaurs on Isla Nublar in the aftermath of the prior movie's catastrophic conclusion (the park is permanently closed, natch).

Friday, June 29, 2018

Diffused Congruence: Preacher Moss

We're joined by comedian Preacher Moss (The "Allah Made Me Funny" comedy tour) for our latest episode, in a free-wheeling conversation that covers the current state of politics in the United States to the current state of comedy within the Muslim community! You'll laugh hard, and you'll think harder, which is a little taste of what it's like to be in the audience for one of Preacher's shows! You can listen via the embed below (or via iTunes or Stitcher), and as always, please hit "like" on our Facebook page, and send any comments or questions to DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The MovieFilm Podcast: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is roaring in theaters now, just in time for our big 150th episode! Join Zaki and Brian as they look at the latest installment in Universal’s “dinosaurs on the loose” mega-franchise and see how it stands up against its four predecessors (and have you checked out our special 25th anniversary commentary on the original yet?). Also, word that Lucasfilm may be stopping development on their planned “Star Wars Story” movies after the relative failure of Solo. Plus: A spin-off rises from the ashes of Roseanne! Remembering the late Richard Alan Greenberg, master of memorable title sequences! Listener Letters! And more! Hear it at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. And like always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Writer/Producer Mike Reiss on The Simpsons and Springfield Confidential

I'm joined by my MovieFilm co-pilot Brian Hall for this very special crossover episode of the Nostalgia Theater show, featuring our conversation with longtime Simpsons writer-producer Mike Reiss about his new book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. If you've listened to our show for any lenghth of time, you know who important The Simpsons is for both of us, so we hope you'll enjoy hearing this interview as much we enjoyed being a part of it! You can listen to the show via the embed below, or subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or TuneIn Radio. As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Superman III Turns 35!

Today marks 35 years since one of the most baffling entries in Superman’s cinematic canon. Yes, Superman III -- teaming up Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel with comedian Richard Pryor -- first hit screens on this day in 1983, and while it hasn’t aged particularly well, we thought it would be fun to take a look back in befuddlement at this bodyblow to the Reeve Superman series (which would be finished off for good four years later) and ask what the heck they were thinking. As it happens, this was Zaki’s very first moviegoing experience, and Brian watched it for the very first time in preparation for this track, making for what we hope will be a fascinating discussion of this fascinating trainwreck. You can hear it through the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Jurassic Park's 25 Anniversary!


With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in theaters soon, the movie film boys pause and take a look back at the origins of the Jurassic franchises with a special commentary track celebrating Steven Spielberg’s original classic, 1993’s Jurassic Park, first released 25 years ago last week. Settle in and listen as Brian and Zaki marvel once again at the transcendent special effects, point out interesting behind the scenes factoids and story development, and just generally have a grand old time re-visiting one of their favorite adventure movies of all time. Listen to it at the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Nostalgia Theater Podcast: The Incredible Hulk 10th Anniversary Commentary Track

Today marks ten years since the release of Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk! The Edward Norton starrer directed by Louis Leterrier sometimes feels like an unloved afterthought in the otherwise hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as a huge Hulk fan for most of my life I've always felt that was a bit unfair. Luckily, I'm not alone in that assessment, and here to help mark this movie's decade anniversary is my friend, frequent co-host, and Hulk comic book writer Glenn Greenberg for another Nostalgia Theater Commentary Track! Listen in for behind-the-scenes stories, trivia, and our personal takes on why it's been such a rough go for Big Green on the big screen! Click below to listen, or subscribe at iTunes, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn Radio, or Google Play (and remember to leave a review!). As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The MovieFilm Podcast: Solo: A Star Wars Story Fallout

The sad story of the most financially unsuccessful Star Wars of all time continues in this week’s MovieFilm Podcast, as Brian and Zaki attempt to unpack why the franchise’s tenth entry flew So Lo. In addition to tracking the depressing downward trajectory of Solo: A Star Wars Story, hear Zaki’s thoughts on belated sequels Ocean’s 8 and The Incredibles 2, and a look at the trailers for the Transformers prequel/spin-off Bumblebee and Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstong bio First Man. Plus: Remembering Anthony Bourdain! Behind-the-scenes drama on TV’s Lethal Weapon! Word of a Joker solo pic starring Jared Leto! All that, and much more! Hear it through the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Diffused Congruence: Ahmad Nassar

We have a very timely discussion this episode, as we're joined by Ahmad Nassar, President of NFL Players Incorporated, the National Football League Players Association’s licensing and marketing business, for a conversation about his journey to this role, as well as his thoughts on recent actions taken by the NFL with regards to players' protests on the field. It's another fun and engaging discussion in the Diffused Congruence style, and we're sure you'll enjoy hearing it as much as we enjoyed being a part of it. Listen via the embed below, or via iTunes or Stitcher. As always, please hit "like" on our Facebook page, and send any comments or questions to DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com.

Monday, May 28, 2018

The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

As has become established MovieFilm tradition, a new Star Wars movie in theaters means a new Star Wars commentary track from us! For this go-round we continue our journey through the polarizing prequel trilogy of films and talk through 2002's Episode II - Attack of the Clones. This is generally considered one of the weaker entries in George Lucas' legendary saga, but we make a good faith effort to point out what works and ways in which we might have improved what didn't. So whether you watch along with us or just listen while you go about your day, hopefully you'll find enough of interest here to clone (ahem) the excitement you felt before actually watching the movie. Hear it all via the embed below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. If you haven’t already, make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The MovieFilm Podcast: Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story

It's two for the price of one here at MovieFilm as we eschew all regular segments, and dive directly into their takes on two of the biggest films of the summer: Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story. In addition to their thoughts on both films, the fact that both underperformed at the box office leads to a discussion about franchise expectations, and the complicated, and occasionally scrutinized directions of recent -- as well as upcoming -- Star Wars films. As always, you can stream the episode below, or listen via iTunes or Stitcher. And please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page and let us know how we’re doing by writing a review!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Zaki's Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

"This movie doesn't need to exist."

That's the critique (or some variant thereof) deployed most regularly since Solo: A Star Wars Story -- a prequel detailing the early days of Han Solo, the legendary scoundrel embodied by Harrison Ford since his introduction in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope -- was first announced. The implication being that because a story has been untold for decades, it must, of necessity, remain untold forever and always. But in another sense, it's easy to see why the existence of this "anthology" entry would cause such a disturbance in the Force -- even if the franchise wasn't already smarting from the polarizing Internet response to last year's (exemplary, by the way) The Last Jedi. After all, how could anyone even dare, much less hope, to replicate the style and swagger that Ford made so iconic and so intrinsic to our collective culture that the phrase "A Han Solo type" became the universally accepted shorthand to describe what used to be called "A Rhett Butler type."

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Diffused Congruence: Bushra Burney

Our guest this episode is playwright Bushra Burney, whose new play Designated Muslim had its first staged reading earlier this month. Bushra shares the origins of this play, why she was moved to write it, and the process of bringing it to the page and beyond. It's a fascinating window into how American Muslims are striving to make a place in pop culture for their culture. Listen to the embed below (or via iTunes or Stitcher), and as always, please hit "like" on our Facebook page, and send any comments or questions to DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Nostalgia Theater: Producer Phoef Sutton Talks Cheers!

For this month's Nostalgia Theater I mark twenty-five years since Cheers -- one of the greatest TV show of all time -- left the airwaves. I was in junior high at the time, but I remember well how anticipated it was. A legitimate cultural event that prompted joy and sadness in equal measure. And in the intervening quarter-century the show has remained as beloved as it was during its initial run. My guest for this episode is legendary writer/producer Phoef Sutton, who was with the show for most of its legendary eleven-season run, starting as a staff writer and working his way up to showrunner. Phoef has plenty of stories to share from his time tending bar at the place Where Everybody Knows Your Name, reflecting how the show stayed vibrant through many different cast and crew changes, what it was like to say goodbye, and just what it was that made Cheers such a special experience for the people who made it and the people who watched. As always, you can listen to the show via the embed below, or subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or TuneIn Radio. As always, send all questions or comments our way via MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, and don't forget to hit "like" on our Facebook page.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Zaki's Review: Deadpool 2

When the first Deadpool was released two years ago last Valentine's Day weekend, its stratospheric success caught most prognosticators entirely by surprise (including, I suspect, the studio that released it). The gloriously R-rated, unapologetically sex-and-violence soaked Ryan Reynolds star vehicle cost Fox a relatively piddly $60 million to produce, and managed to accumulate an awe-inspiring $780+ mil when all was said and done. That kind of haul instantly put this low-key X-Men spin-off in the winningest of win columns, placing Marvel's "Merc with the Mouth" alongside the Batmans and Iron Mans of the world when it comes to superhero heavy hitters.

Of course, in the high stakes world of franchise filmmaking (and the X-Men films have been a Fox touchstone for nearly two decades), the ultimate measure of success can only truly be found in how soon and and how often the purse string people reassemble the various ingredients to dutifully dish out more of the same. Thus, here we are two years later with Deadpool 2, which is indeed more of the same. This is one of the clearest examples of "Give the audience what they want" sequels I can think of. It has just as much violence, just as much profanity, and just as many whiplash-inducing one-liners. And while I liked the first Deadpool fine, I'm as shocked as anyone that I liked Deadpool 2 slightly more.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Diffused Congruence: Jihad Turk

For this episode we're glad to be joined by Jihad Turk, founder and president of Bayan Claremont -- the country's first graduate school to offer accredited Master’s degrees in the fields of Islamic Studies, Education, Chaplaincy and Leadership -- for a lengthy and enriching conversation that spans his own personal narrative and encompasses the role of Muslims in modern American life and what they can offer the broader community. Check out our chat below (or via iTunes or Stitcher), and as always, please hit "like" on our Facebook page, and send any comments or questions to DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

The MovieFilm Podcast: Cobra Kai + Avengers Fallout

Avengers: Infinity War is vacuuming up money by the bagful, and the MovieFilm boys reconvened to take stock of the records that have been laid waste in the wake of the Marvel Studios superhero extravaganza. But that’s not all! We also have our enthusiastic initial reactions to YouTube Red’s Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai. Plus: Superman Henry Cavill turns 35, and we have news of a new director interested in helming a Man of Steel sequel, the controversy over The Simpsons’ Apu, and the mystery of what happened to Nicolas Cage’s National Treasure franchise, and much more! As always, you can stream the episode below, or listen via iTunes or Stitcher. And please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page and let us know how we’re doing by writing a review!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The MovieFilm Podcast: The Avengers: Infinity War Episode!

Thanos has arrived! The MovieFilm boys get Infinity Stoned with special guest Glenn Greenberg, former editor at Marvel Comics, for a fun, in-depth, and spoiler-filled discussion for the entire episode focusing on Avengers: Infinity War, the latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios! We discuss the plot, what we loved, what confused us, and much more! We had an absolutely blast recording this one, and we know you'll enjoy hearing it through the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. As always, please make sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any questions or comments to MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Zaki's Review: Avengers: Infinity War

It was just under ten years ago -- an eternity! -- that the Marvel Cinematic Universe sprang into being with the first Iron Man film and The Incredible Hulk. Back then it was considered an audacious and risky move for the comic book company -- still smarting after a recent bout of Chapter 11 -- to pursue dreams of Hollywood glory by self-funding movies and putting its own characters up as collateral. Well, that was eighteen films, one corporate buyout, and several billion dollars ago. Nowadays, "risky" is just about the last thing that springs to mind when one sees the "Marvel Studios" logo in front of a movie.

From Iron Man and Captain America to Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy. From Ant-Man and Doctor Strange to Spider-Man and Black Panther. It's been an astonishing run of extraordinary success for the Disney-owned superhero factory -- one that other studios have desperately struggled to match -- and it's given them an unprecedented level of audience buy-in for the characters, the actors, and the world. This leaves us perfectly positioned for the release of Avengers: Infinity War, which not only marks the studio's tenth anniversary standing astride the cinematic landscape, but also begins to tie together many of the threads woven over that time.