Scott Hardie | November 28, 2021
As previously announced, we're getting ready to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in order and discuss it. I hope you'll consider joining us! This should be a lot of fun!

The project won't begin until the first week of January, but its page on Funeratic is now online, including the anticipated schedule of titles to watch. Most weeks will have 2 to 2.5 hours of material, with no week exceeding 3 hours.

Each Saturday night at midnight ET, a new discussion will automatically appear for the next week. Watch at your own pace and discuss anything you'd like about the movies and shows, skipping over any titles that you don't want to see. Comments should be flagged as containing spoilers for specific future titles, and when reading, you'll have to click to reveal those (unless you want to see spoilers).

If you're wondering what subscriptions you'll need to enjoy the MCU, it's mostly just two: Netflix currently has 60% of the content, while Disney+ has 30% and slowly rising. (Hulu has 7.5%, YouTube has 0.5%, and the other 2% will have to be rented, bought, or otherwise found elsewhere. I calculated this based on minutes of runtime.) A few obscure titles are in a state of flux -- the "Marvel One-Shot" short films were just available on Disney+ a few weeks ago, but today they are quite annoyingly absent -- so I'm just going to wait until their weeks come up and post directions for seeing them at that time.

There are two new subscriptions available, one a weekly reminder when there's new content to watch, and the other a notice when someone writes a comment.

I'll comment here again on January 2 to remind everyone when we begin. Until then, I'd love to hear any comments, questions, or concerns that you have. Thanks!

Evie Totty | November 28, 2021
Neat!

Also: apparently totally forgot you had SMS available..

Scott Hardie | November 30, 2021
I hope you'll join in, Evie! I was going to message you separately but it saves me the trouble if you saw this already. :-)

Matthew Preston | December 1, 2021
So looking forward to this! There are quite a few shows/one shots/etc. that I have never heard of (mostly the Hulu exclusives). Here's to the next 2 solid years of MCU fun!

Scott Hardie | January 2, 2022
It's January 2. Let the conversations begin!

I tried to think of some kind of recurring thing that we can count (or do, or whatever) as we progress through the series. But other than Stan Lee cameos/references, I can't think of any frequently recurring Easter eggs or in-jokes to count, nor can I find any online. I remember one writer trying to count vending machines during an MCU marathon and growing to hate it as a pointless, arbitrary exercise. So, it's probably best not to try to count every instance of X or whatever, but here's mentioning it in case you have an idea.

Scott Hardie | February 11, 2022
The six Netflix MCU originals are leaving Netflix at the end of February. (Spoilers for Hawkeye and Spider-Man: No Way Home in there.)

Well, I didn't see that coming! I knew that Disney regained the rights to make new content with those characters two years after each show ended, but I figured that the old shows would stay on Netflix indefinitely. Marvel must have gotten smarter with their partnership deals over the years and stopped making agreements that last in perpetuity. :-)

Regardless of whether new shows happen, people online are speculating about what will happen to the old shows. I see four possibilities:

Scenario 1: They move to Disney+. This seems extremely unlikely to me. They're all TV-MA; even the tamest of the bunch is unsafe for kids. I suppose Disney could try releasing Bowdlerized versions but they'd be about 3 minutes per episode. Not even Punisher's opening credits, with their fetishistic guns and smoke, would survive a trim.

Scenario 2: They move to Hulu. This is likeliest and would be fine with me. I don't know if anyone out there would resent having to get another subscription, though.

Scenario 3: They disappear entirely. This seems very unlikely to me. Even if Disney wants to strike them from any possible canon, they represent the work of too many people (with agents and guilds and production deals behind them) to disappear completely. More likely they'd be tossed into some remote corner of Hulu and receive no promotion at all.

Scenario 4: They move to one of the above streaming services, but only after some time has passed. This is the one that worries me. Four months passed between the short films disappearing from Disney+ and reappearing in a new promotional collection, and there were only five of those suckers! How long will it take Disney+ to integrate 13 seasons of TV with 8-13 episodes each? We're supposed to start watching the first series in June, but it might not be possible. :-\

Samir Mehta | February 11, 2022
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Scott Hardie | February 11, 2022
Well, you have a healthy perspective on violence, unlike most Americans. :-) To a lot of people, this scene of an Avenger getting badly injured is not as bad as this scene of a Defender washing his hands, because the latter is bloody and up close. And they're both preferable to two Netflix characters having sex, because WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN.

But yes, 5 is definitely too young for any MCU content, and 8 is scarcely better. Eventually the time will come if they want to see it. A friend of mine has a 15-year-old who was never allowed to watch violence, until the kid got tired of being made fun of by her peers for not knowing anything about Marvel or Harry Potter or whatever kids like these days and asked for permission. Now Mom is watching the entire MCU with her kid (just the movies) and talking through each one, and it sounds like it's going well for them.

Scott Hardie | March 1, 2022
Samir, it's been bothering me what I wrote on February 11. I thought it was a little condescending, but I was in a hurry. I'm sorry about that.

Anyway, I'm absolutely floored at today's news that the Netflix originals will be on Disney+ (along with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which is no surprise). Even with the safeguard of the parental controls, it stuns me that the streaming service that famously added fake CGI hair to cover the rest of a mermaid's barely-visible butt would ever permit the ridiculously violent Netflix originals. Someone's kids are going to see that, parent groups online are going to raise a stink about it, and it's a potential PR mess. Then again, maybe they're playing the long game, anticipating future R-rated content like Deadpool 3 and the platform's own eventual plateauing of growth if it doesn't broaden its audience. It seems to me that among the announced technological features to make this work, they should precede each adult-oriented episode with a loud sound effect, something attention-grabbing like Netflix's loud click-and-hum, so that parents at least have a chance to hear from the other room if their kids get into the gory stuff.

Also, I enjoyed this tweet today.

Samir Mehta | March 2, 2022
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Evie Totty | March 20, 2022
AAAAAND HERE IS THE META DISCUSSION - I'd forgotten I'd saved it. So to reiterate in that other thread: my apologies for falling behind - I literally kept my Disney+ subscription just for this project.

Scott Hardie | March 20, 2022
It's all good. I'm aware of several people who were excited to start the MCU Project in January and then ran into unforeseen circumstances. I'm a couple of weeks behind schedule myself, due partly to other plans and due partly to watching at Kelly's pace and competing with some of her favorite shows. We'll all catch up. :-)

Scott Hardie | May 26, 2022
As time goes by and we watch more TV than movies, it has become really clear to me that I messed up the schedule by not capping the number of titles per week.

Originally, the weekly limit was just 3 hours of content. But outside of the feature films, a single long binge is not really how we consume content. We (Kelly & me and I assume most other people) sit down to watch individual episodes, so four 45-minute episodes are harder to finish in a week than three 1-hour episodes. As far as I can tell, nobody is completely keeping up with the schedule and it's only getting worse.

So, I have imposed an additional cap of 3 titles per week, not counting shorts of 15 minutes or less. This should make it easier to keep up. I was worried about it slowing down the overall project, but it only adds four months to the current plan. You now have 7 fewer episodes to watch to be completely caught up.

Switching this was an easy decision. The harder choice was whether to make it retroactive to the beginning of the project, which would mean moving some comments to other weeks. Ultimately we're still early enough in the project (and enough weeks so far would be unchanged due to the movies) that I decided to make it retroactive. About 15 comments have shifted to a different week, or been split into two comments across two weeks. I have carefully reviewed every conversation so far to ensure that they still make sense. The new-content highlighting and some old subscription data might still be a little bit off.

If the schedule changes again in the future, it's not likely to be retroactive like this.

Thanks for participating so far! I'm still really enjoying this project. It's neat to see the titles play off of each other and set each other up in ways that I never would have known about otherwise. I hope you're enjoying it too, whether you're watching everything or sticking just to the movies or sticking just to your favorites or whatever. :-)

Scott Hardie | August 7, 2022
Next week, we'll see our first web series, season 1 of WHIH NewsFront. Some of it is on Disney+ if you dig into the Ant-Man extras, but not all of it, so I recommend simply watching this playlist for the entire portion on our schedule next week.

Kelly and I are busy at the moment with summer travel plans, so I haven't been able to watch or discuss anything lately. I plan to resume by the end of the month.

Erik Bates | August 11, 2022
I haven't been able to watch for a bit, and I forgot to take notes on a few episodes of Daredevil, so I'm picking up writing comments on episodes as I watch them, and hopefully being able to respond to comments made on previous episodes, since I have completely blanked on the major plot points of them.


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