Peter Parker: The Relatable One

Peter Parker: The Relatable One

From billboards in New York's Times Square to toy stores, book shelves and even music stores, Marvel Comics' flagship character seems to be everywhere as fans await the latest Spider-Man movie. However, Spider-Man's enduring popularity has little to do with his ability to climb walls, his super-human strength, or his somewhat creepy-yet-cool costume. Fans have loved Spider-Man because he has trouble paying his rent. He was not the most popular guy in school and does not always get the girl. …
Ultron: The Rise of Rogue AI

Ultron: The Rise of Rogue AI

Ultron walks into a bar, and orders a drink. The bartender says, “We don’t serve robots!”. Ultron replies, “You will.” Artificial intelligence (AI) is a reliable theme in science fiction. In the Avengers: Age of Ultron, the AI arises from one of several alien Infinity Stones, with a bit of dabbling by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, who are trying to protect the planet from potential invaders. The evil AI, named Ultron, seizes on a directive to protect the planet …
Marvel Ranked - Your definitive guide to each and every film

Marvel Ranked - Your definitive guide to each and every film

It's your definitive ranked guide to Marvel's filmography, starting at the beginning of Phase 1 in 2008 with Iron Man, all the way through to Doctor Strange released this year. To coincide with the release of the @AIComicPod's 1 year anniversary pod, Rory Greenfield, Stuart Bridson and Gags Tandon rank each and every Marvel release. No doubt it's been a challenge with the quality available, we really are spoilt for choice. If you fancy listening to us talk about our rankings …
Superman: Our Jewish Hero

Superman: Our Jewish Hero

Superman's real name is Kal-El, son of Jor-El. The suffix El means “of God” in Hebrew, with Kal-El defined as “Voice of God”. Before Krypton's doom, Kal-El's parents put him in a Moses-like basket, sending him down the Nile of intergalactic space until he landed safely on Earth. Superman and Moses relied on their faith in the kindness of strangers and both had sets of parents who chose to send their sons into the unknown. This all sounds a bit …
V for Vendetta: Terrorism Justified??

V for Vendetta: Terrorism Justified??

In thinking my next idea for writing I wanted to a full length Alan Moore article and then thought better of it because his body of work is astonishing. What I will do is break down some of his finest works ever and hope that you appreciate him as much as I do. The first one I wanted to tackle is Moore's classic graphic novel "V for Vendetta". I know Stu and Rory already talked about the movie in a …
A Batman Family Secret?

A Batman Family Secret?

I know, I know this isn't worth my time to read. The writer is just making up a bullshit theory blah, blah, blah. Give me 10 minutes of your time and let me explain. For 80 years, Batman and Joker have punched and laughed their way into the greatest rivalry in comics. This have been countless stories written about the two but one that has been hinted about in comic book and movie lore. The Joker is Batman's brother.... Don't …
Sympathy for the Devil: Daredevil and Depression

Sympathy for the Devil: Daredevil and Depression

I could write a puff piece about Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) and tell you his background, creation, favourite books, TV show, etc... but I thought I would write something different though, something worth talking about even if it doesn't quite make everyone comfortable. Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer in Manhattan's Hells Kitchen section who, in his downtime, dons a scarlet suit and fights crime as Daredevil. Most are familiar with him at this point because of the amazing Netflix …
Heroic Ethics: Spider-Man, My Idol

Heroic Ethics: Spider-Man, My Idol

I wrote this in part for Kaylon Karrim and his inquisitive mind! A huge part of Anfield Index and a guy I call a friend. Looking back over the three categories of normative ethics under philosophy - Virtue, Duty and Consequential - what fails to emerge is a clear-cut, definitive category that encompasses what we think of when we think of a superhero. Each category has heroes who adhere to its principles but also is easy to criticize each category …
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AI Comic Pod: Episode 34 - An Introduction to DC Rebirth

AI Comic Pod: Episode 34 - An Introduction to DC Rebirth

The time is finally here for the comic pod to do a pod about comics! Stu is joined by Joseph Connors - our resident comic expert - to tell you about the recent DC Rebirth event, the New 52 fiasco and talk about the first title in this series... Aquaman! If you want to hear two very excited comic fans talk about DCs latest great idea then you want to listen to this latest episode!
AI Comic Pod: Episode 33 - DC: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

AI Comic Pod: Episode 33 - DC: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

2017 is sure to be a make-or-break year for the DC Extended Universe - the comics are selling like hot cakes, TV shows are going from strength to strength but they cannot replicate the same success. Stu and Rory are looking at DC's recent offerings to look at what they did well, what they did wrong and what should be forever consigned to movie hell and never again spoken about.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 32 - 2017 Preview

AI Comic Pod: Episode 32 - 2017 Preview

The boys return for their first pod of the new year. Rory and Stu, bring you a massive preview of this years forthcoming attractions. From The Lego Batman movie through to The Justice League, with every major release in between. The films are discussed, hyped and critiqued, with predictions made for their potential success.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 31 - Comic Pod Awards 2016

AI Comic Pod: Episode 31 - Comic Pod Awards 2016

Rounding off an incredible year for the AI Comic Pod, Rory and Stu are joined by Marco Lopes to hand out the official gongs for the first inaugural Comic Pod Awards! How many will Deadpool walk away with? Can anyone stop Civil War from running away with the Best Movie award? Make sure you have your own picks ready as this is going to be an interactive one with all of you!
AI Comic Pod: Episode 30 - Marvel Cinematic Universe - Ranked

AI Comic Pod: Episode 30 - Marvel Cinematic Universe - Ranked

Rory Greenfield and Stuart Bridson have returned back to where it all started, as inspiration for this special anniversary episode. Joined once more by Marvel enthusiast Gags Tandon, all three rank each film from best to worst, from Iron Man (2008) all the way through to Dr Strange (2016). The boys pull no punches, discussing the highs and lows of each film. There is debate, insight and of course some great laughs along the way. Join us once more and please do let us know your top 5.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 29 - Doctor Strange Review

AI Comic Pod: Episode 29 - Doctor Strange Review

Dr. Stephen Strange has crashed onto the big screen and introduced a new world of mysticism into the MCU so why not join AI's very own Ancient One (that's Stu btw) as he's joined once again by Joey Connors to discuss all things Strange!
AI Comic Pod: Episode 28 - Luke Cage Review

AI Comic Pod: Episode 28 - Luke Cage Review

The boys are back, discussing Marvel Netflix's latest successful offering Luke Cage. Rory Greenfield and Stuart Bridson delve into Harlem, to talk cast, key performances, music, action and the talk takes a serious note on the racial controversy that surrounded the shows release.
AI Comic Pod: The Walking Dead - Seasons 7 Episode 1 Review

AI Comic Pod: The Walking Dead - Seasons 7 Episode 1 Review

The Walking Dead season 7 opener 'The Day Will Come When You Won't Be' is one of the most shocking and harrowing episodes in television history. Rory and Stu couldn't miss the opportunity to grab their bats and step up to the plate, to dissect and digest this iconic episode. Joined once again by the all knowing Marco Lopes. The boys try to find words (whilst cowering behind the nearest sofa), to describe the magnitude of this episode and how it's set up the season ahead.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 26 - Dr. Strange Preview

AI Comic Pod: Episode 26 - Dr. Strange Preview

Joey Connors joins Stu for this episode in order to preview Dr. Strange, the upcoming movie about the Sorcerer Supreme and sure to be another smash-hit for Marvel. There'll be background information about the character, predictions and a lot of excitement from two very excited comic fans! Dr. Strange sees the introduction of magic into the MCU and this is sure to be a key element for Phase Four and beyond so listen in to this episode before grabbing your popcorn and heading to see the film.
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