Cinematic Universe is all about superheroes, comics, movies and TV shows. If something falls under one of those four categories, then there’s a chance we’re interested. If it’s all four, then we definitely are.
Our aim is to bring you the latest news, features and reviews on anything and everything to do with comics and superheroes translated to the screen. Along the way we hope to be entertaining and accessible, no matter what your existing level of knowledge or interest – whether you’re new to this universe or as much of a nerd about it as we are, we want to share our enthusiasm and insight with you.
Our outlook is optimistic: we might be critical of certain work at times, but at heart we love this genre and we always want it to succeed. We try not to approach adaptations from an angle of “We’d have done this better” or “This isn’t enough like the comics” – while we like exploring how the movies and their source material relate to one-another, we recognise that they’re distinct takes and should be treated accordingly. We think comic book movies are worthy of critical dissection when necessary – but we also recognise that they’re fun slices of pop culture that can be treated with irreverence.
We love Raimi’s Spider-Man. We love The Dark Knight. We love Scott Pilgrim. We love The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. But we also love Howard the Duck, in its own way. Everything across the entire cinematic universe – the cinematic multiverse, even – is worthy of our time.
Except maybe for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
CU started life in 2015 as a fortnightly podcast hosted by Joe Cunningham (Film4, Empire) a film journalist with a growing interest in superhero and comic book properties. Enlisting comic book experts Seb Patrick (Den of Geek, Anglophenia) and James Hunt (Comic Book Resources, Den of Geek), he set out to learn more about the comics behind the movies.
Every episode we pick a different film or show to review, discussing what’s on screen in detail as well as filling in some of the context and background. Along the way we also recommend related reading for Joe to explore, compete to pitch our not-always-entirely-serious ideas for future superhero films, and run through the latest comic book movie and TV news. Every other week, Joe records a “minisode” in which he reviews the comics recommended by Seb and James in the previous episode. We also do periodic bonus episodes that slot in to the regular rotation, including reviews of new TV shows and even the occasional video game.
Aside from Seb and James, several guest experts have joined us on the episodes so far. These include Sarah Dobbs (SFX, Total Film), Caroline Siede (The AV Club), Al Kennedy (House to Astonish), Michael Leader (Sight & Sound, Film4), Amon Warmann (Total Film, London Live) and Matthew Turner (ViewLondon, SciFi Now). We’re always keen to get a wide perspective on the chosen film or TV show, and to make our episodes accessible and enjoyable for a wide audience.