Is the destiny of entertainment nothing but capes and dragons as far as the eye can see? And how did nerd culture capture the imagination of the world so completely. We talk with one who was there from the inception, critic and Hollywood notable Drew McWeeny, author of a brilliant new piece about the history of the MCU about the coming of the Marvel age, what choices and dumb luck made it happen and how it all might come crashing down one day. We also look at the Game of Thrones which seems to be ending its run on an opposite trajectory from the MCU Volume 1. What does the complete dominance of these two epics say about the state of our culture? Find out!

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On this week’s Ankler On the Air, we are joined for a special conversation with the original film blogger/critic and thorn in the side of many a studio, Drew McWeeny. We take a look together at his long career covering Big Hollywood movies as they progressed towards the superhero age. We look back on his career at aintitcoolnews, the original film blog, where under the moniker Moriarty, he was the bane of traditional studio PR for much of the 90’s, and how he grew out of that into a traditional film critic and man of the cinema, even as the studio machinery adapted itself to the age of the fanboys and co-opted much of what they did. Including – extra bonus – the original tale of The Ankler, and Stan Lee memories. Sponsored by Away Travel.

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