Category Archives: Nerds United

Nerds United Episode 239: Revealing MOTU Revelation

On this special episode of Nerds United, Greg and Mike give plenty of SPOILERS as well as our thoughts on the first half of Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelations, available now on Netflix.

 

Nerds United Episode 238: Loki + FCBD

This week on Nerds United, a recap of Loki on Disney+, as well as, and perhaps more importantly, the upcoming Free Comic Book Day (August 14). And surprisingly, Space Jam: A new Legacy

Nerds United Episode 237: We Review Black Widow

This week on an all-new Nerds United, it’s our official review of Black Widow. We’re definitely not late on this review. Nope.

Not. At. All.

Nerds United Episode 236: The Tomorrow War Plus Greg Read Stuff

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg are back at it having watched The Tomorrow War over the holiday weekend.

Plus, Greg finally finished a graphic novel he bought a couple months ago and said he’d finish “pretty quickly.” And there’s BRZRKR #2.

There’s more as well. But I can’t remember it all, as I’ve slept since then.

Nerds United Episode 235: Task Force X, Shang Chi, and Loki

This week on Nerds United, more nerdy topics as Greg and Mike discuss the newest trailers for Shang Chi and The Suicide Squad. Plus, there’s talk after the third episode of Loki.

We also get into Batman and if he has a driver’s license or if Alfred just drives him around everywhere.

Nerds United Episode 234: Sweet Tooth Will Give You Cavities

This week on a new Nerds United, Greg and Mike talk about the newest DC/Vertigo sensation on Netflix, “Sweet Tooth.” But also, the second season trailer of Star Girl (complete with Green Lantern!), and we go in out way back machines to talk about the cult classib 1984 DUNE.

Nerds United Episode 233: Top Five Movie Songs That Make Us Want to Watch their Films

I ADMIT! I never found a good way to phrase the topic. But we bring it to you nonetheless. And since it’s about three days late, this is all the write-up you get.

Enjoy.

Nerds United Episode 232: News and a Top 5

This week on Nerds United (NOT the Five Heart Podcast), Mike and Greg do another quick recap of Army of the Dead as well as a quick rundown of some news that hit the wire.

Then the guys give their top five lists (those are still a thing) of animated children’s/family movies. And once again, the YouTube M8s come through with some sweet sweet extras.

Enjoy the show and please subscribe.

Nerds United Episode 231: More Dwayne Johnson Than Expected

This week on Nerds United, we have a shorter episode for you, and it is accidentally heavily featuring a certain statuesque cut of granite.

Nerds United Episode 230: Jupiter’s Legacy, Dave Bautista, and More

This week on the podcast, Mike and Greg discuss Mark Millar’s first venture into Netflix, or maybe we should word that “Netflix’ first venture into Millarworld” with Jupiter’s Legacy.

We discuss the binge versus weekly release, how this show’s release differs from The Boys, Invincible, The Mandalorian, WandaVision, and Captain America and the Winter Soldier, and how the prolonged exposure of weekly episode releases affects the longevity of the news cycle for the shows.

Also, Dave Bautista pitched a Gears of War movie to Warner Bros, so Greg tells Mike what Gears of War is.

Also, more Ryan Reynolds than most podcasts this week, probably.

Nerds United Episode 229: Updates Around Pop Culture

This week on Nerds United, it’s very much a news cycle show. We pull a few headlines, elaborate on some things, and get out of there in under and hour.

Which is good, since our YouTube show this week went almost 45 minutes.

Nerds United Episode 228: Invincible Season Finale

This week on a new Nerds United, Mike and Greg hit a few news headlines and discuss the season finale of Invincible.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Then Mike had a really cool idea for putting characters in climates or time periods they are not customarily assigned.

Lots of opportunities for feedback, so please leave some.

Nerds United Episode 227: Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Invincible, and More

Well, we couldn’t get together last week, so we are back with an hour of podcast-y goodness. There are spoilers of Falcon and Winter Soldier, so use your best judgement, but also don’t complain if you don’t.

Invincible – we talk about that great show. As well as Greg nearing the end of Swamp Thing (free on the CW app).

I think that’s it. It’s hard to say – we recorded this episode two nights ago. Since then, a part of my house has been painted and furniture has been relocated, so who knows. The whole world is all topsy-turvy right now.

Nerds United Episode 226: Time Traveling with Mike and Greg

This week’s show features discussion on dreams and sleep (or lackthereof). Also Easter treats.

But we’re really here to go back in time to tell filmmakers that some of their ideas are not going to be received terribly well.

Give it a listen and then tell us what we missed.

Nerds United Episode 225: Insert Title Here

This week on a new Nerds United, Mike and Greg go over a number of topics, including shows and movies they watched recently. New releases for shows The Falcon and Winter Soldier and Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.

Also, a little movie called Godzilla vs Kong dropped on HBO Max this week, and both guys had a chance to watch it.

But the most surprising part of the show at all was Mike running down the titles he’s read in the past week, ending on Stephanie Phillips’ A Man Among Ye. That wasn’t the surprising part, but the really joyful aspect was the discussion that erupted when talking about Phillips’ success since she was a guest on the podcast in Fall of 2019. So check out the podcast and check out Phillips’ work across several publishers.

Nerds United Episode 224: Falcon and Winter Soldier are not INVINCIBLE

new episode about The Mighty Ducks, Falcon and Winter Soldier, Invincible, all new this week.

Plus some various news and notes!

Nerds United Episode 223: Snyder Cut

This week’s new episode of Nerds United is, as you would guess, all about that 4-hour movie that was released this week on HBO Max known as the Snyder Cut.

Nerds United Episode 222: Wandavision Finale plus…COMICS

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg discuss the series finale of WandaVision, how it satisfied and how it left some people wanting more.

It all comes down to expectation (Greg speaking). If you just eat what they give you without jumping into various theories, I think you enjoy the show a lot more. But because various websites out there have to generate content to generate monetization, they just throw any spaghetti noodle at the wall to see what sticks, and then it’s Marvel’s fault when the fan theories don’t match the show they just watched.

Also – both of the guys read some comics and have some good suggestions, so visit your local comic book shop soon. Tell them we sent you.

Nerds United Episode 221: Comics and Trailers

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg talk about what they’ve been reading, both the tippy-top of the mainstream and the self-publishers.

Then the duo discuss a series of trailers that dropped recently. And it would be made even more awesome if Greg had seen the trailers.

FULL DISCLOSURE…I did not give MODOK the justice it deserves.

Nerds United Episode 220: Comics and Movie Trailers

This week on the show, Mike and Greg give some discussion about books they have read in the last week. And Mike’s almost out of comics so we’re going to have to give him more.

Also, once again studios are releasing too many trailers for the same movie. It’s getting to the point where you can watch most of a movie from the trailers atvertising or it.

Nerds United Episode 219: Video Game Movies

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg discuss some video game adaptations.

Nerds United Episode 218: Grimm, Watchmen, Skateman, and Wanda

This week on Nerds United, we cover a rare Neal Adams “miss” from the 1980s. Also, Mike’s been reading Watchmen, so we discuss aspects of the book so far.

Greg got Mike watching a show called Grimm. It’s free to Amazon Prime subscribers and now we both recommend it. I’ve watched two episodes since I started doing post-production. I could have had the editing done in about ten minutes, but GRIMM!

And as you  might expect…we talk about WandaVision in a way that we try to avoid spoilers until the very end of the show when we TOTALLY spoil something. We provide a warning.

Nerds United Episode 217: Kaijus vs Two Idiots

Well, the boys watched a movie this week, and decided to do a little talking about it. So if you like Godzilla, you’re probably not going to like us very much.

IT’S NOT OUR FAULT!

We’re just sort of ignorant to super heavyweight monster movies.

Nerds United Episode 216: Storylines We Want to See Adapted

Hello and welcome to another Nerds United Podcast!

Mike and Greg discuss a lot on this show, like the episodes thus far of WandaVision. Also, Beau Bridges is NOT the father of Jeff Bridges. We got to the bottom of that mystery in real time.

The big topic of conversation is Mike’s idea:

Comic book storylines we want to see adapted.

Marvel and DC are discussed. But we don’t list them all, so which stories do you want to see make an appearance in another medium?

Nerds United Episode 215: Multiversity and the Miyagi-Verse

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg talk about the Prez, a 21-year-old who was the FIRST TEENAGE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! It’s regrettable, to say the least.

Then Mike takes us into the Multiversity, which for all we know is a university on the DC Multiverse. Are you familiar with Captain Carrot?

Finally, we go to the Valley for a spoiler-filled conversation about Cobra Kai. The good, the tolerable, and how long can they pull this taffy?

Nerds United Episode 214: Talking Fan-Favorite Stories

This week on Nerds United, Greg and Mike go back to our roots and the roots of the movies and television shows we love so much…

Comic Books!

Two favorite Batman stories and a newer Green Lantern origin story that is well worth the read!

Reading is fun. I should do more of it.

Nerds United Episode 213: WW84 Review and SPOILERS!

It’s right there in the title. I don’t want to hear any chirping.

We watched a lot of shows and movies over the last two weeks, but the one that took the cake, the one with the greatest anticipation, was Wonder Woman 84.

Greg also watched Soul and Steel, a few shows. But really…this one’s all about WW84.

Nerds United Episode 212: Mandalorian Spoilers (but that’s not all)

It’s a little bit of old age and gray hair, a trip down Regrettable Superhero Lane, and then…

MANDALORIAN SPOILERS!

If you aren’t caught up on Mandalorian, we make it very VERY clear when the Mando talk begins with a plethora of spoiler warnings. So feel free to listen up to that point.

 

Nerds United Episode 211: Tons of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars News

This week on Nerds United, we are just over 24 hours removed from a pretty significant news dump from Disney, which includes a ton of Marvel and Disney shows and movies.

And we learn about Fatman the Human Flying Saucer.

 

Nerds United Episode 210: HBO to the MAX!

This week on Nerds United, Greg and Mike discuss all the happenings over at HBO Max. Every movie Warner Brothers is set to release in theaters in 2021 will spend a month on the streaming service as well as being in theaters.

The Snyder Cut will be out in “a few months.”

Could Jack Black ever replace Chris Pratt? How is that even a thing?

And Oscar Isaac continues to find work.

Nerds United Episode 209: All the DC News That’s Fit to Print

Snyder Cut, Wonder Woman 84, Batman Statue, Black Lightning.

And somehow, Deadpool makes his way into the conversation.

Nerds United Episode 208: Author Adam Testa

This special episode of Nerds United gets us back to our roots – talking with creators.

Adam Testa has released his first novel (we learn in the show that he’s working on more). Adam has ties to Southern Illinois and we have some common friends, like Kevin and Chad, familiar voices here on the Jittery Monkey Podcast Network.

Adam’s debut novel, To Live and Die at Shadow Ridge, is an adult thriller that draws inspiration from Dan Brown’s work, as Adam names Brown as his favorite author (along with R.L. Stine).

Get the book right now. And leave a review on Amazon so more people can find it.

Nerds United Episode 207: Movie and Series Updates

This week on Nerds United, we’re here to update you and give our thoughts on various updates from Hollywood, like Wonder Woman 1984 and Constantine, the Snyder Cut, Umbrella Academy, and WandaVision.

Plus learn about Speed Centaur.

Nerds United Episode 206: Haircuts can be Long and Expensive

In this episode, Mike got a haircut. Mike’s son got a haircut. And it cost a FORTURE! Meanwhile, Greg needs a haircut.

Also, Mike’s still reading, and this time went back to Justice League of America: The Tornado’s Path, written by Brad Meltzer and Ed Benes.

Also, there’s some good Lovecraft Country discussion now that the (first?) season has ended. That is one messed up show that is totally worth watching!

Also apparently we had some sound issues at times. I hope it’s not too bad for you the listener.

Nerds United Episode 205: Preparing for Halloween, Among Other Things

This week on Nerds United, we have some Halloween prep work to do. But around the candy talk, we discuss comic books, movies, tv, and more.

Well let’s get into it. We recorded this before either o us saw the second season premiere of The Mandalorian. So there’s nothing on that.

But if you like Moon Knight, you’ll get some Moon Knight talk, from a lead actor to a hired director.

Shang Chi wrapped filming in Australia, proving that work can get done if you have the means to WORK IN AUSTRALIA!

And then there’s Fatman. It’s just…well it’s Santa Claus who’s unable to be Santa Claus.

Enjoy. And be kind.

Nerds United Episode 204: Multiple Justice League Topics

This week on Nerds United, Greg and Mike discuss an early wrestler-turned-hero by the name of Nightmare and his teen sidekick Sleepy.

There’s a trip to Mike’s Reading Room, where we have a discussion about Brad Meltzer’s run on Justice League of America, from The Lightning Sage to Identity Crisis. Mike’s moved away from Marvel/DC for the moment and will give us an update on what he’s reading again next week.

Then we get into the news, from kid shows like Chip n Dale’s Rescue Rangers and Power Rangers to Joker and Deathstroke coming into the Snyder Cut of the Justice League.

Nerds United Episode 203: Please Take My Stuff!

Doctor Hormone. Ever hear of the guy? If not, get the “Doctor Hormone for Dummies…by Dummies” version on this episode.

Also, following up on last week’s discussion, SCIENCE gets involved in the grand debate of Superman vs Thor.

Then some news and notes from the world of comics and pop culture and we’re out of there.

Also, and I mean this…the Nerds United Prize Vault is full and with twins on the way, I need to make some room. If you want to receive some random prize, please email nerdsunitedpodcast@gmail.com

-Greg

Nerds United Episode 202: It’s Time to do Battle

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg hit the news, well, all the news that matters.

And then it’s show time.

Round One: Green Lantern vs Hawkeye

Round Two: Captain America vs Batman

Round Three: Superman vs Thor

We make our cases. You decide the winners.

Nerds United Episode 201: More Lion King? No Thanks

This week on Nerds United, Greg gets conflicting reports on another Lion King movie. Will it be a prequel? A sequel? And do we even need one?

Also, there’s mention of a particular multi-colored super hero from 1942, Electro in the MCU, Ms. Marvel, and Duke damn Nukem!

Enjoy.

Nerds United Episode 200: This is It! Episode 200!

This week on a very special episode of Nerds United, well, there’s something of a celebration in the air. It’s the 200th episode of the podcast.

It takes a lot of dedication to put in over seven years and two hundred episodes, countless hours, for no monetary return. Am I patting myself on the back? Maybe a little.

But we wouldn’t be 200 episodes in without you, the listener. So I sincerely and profoundly thank you.

Now as for this week’s episode, we do have some news and notes to pass along. But the bulk of the episode is answering your questions. And we had some doozies. And in the meantime, Josh got himself a promotion. Congrats Josh!

Nerds United Episode 199: From Driving with a Teenager to Birds of Prey

This week on the Nerds United podcast, Greg and Mike talk about a whole bevy of topics, including our co-host of the year doing some baking and driving around with his teenage son. Listen to the tales of wild mishaps and good people.

Also, nerd stuff. Like the casting of Kang the Conqueror and the casting of She-Hulk. The trailer is out for The Mandalorian Season 2. Wonder Woman 84 is set to hit theaters on Christmas Day. And Lovecraft Country and Birds of Prey are worthy watches on HBO Max.

So…what should we do for our 200th episode?

Greg and Mike were guests/contestants on The @ 6’s and 7’s Podcast recently and that episode is live now. You can check it out here.

Nerds United Episode 198: Fatherhood, Walkers, and Karate

On this very special episode of Nerds United, we reveal a closely guarded secret about Greg. And then we talk about being a dad, because we’re both dad’s.

Also, Brother Power the Geek, an actual DC Comics title in the late 1960’s (from the same guy who co-created Captain America – will wonders never cease).

The Walking Dead is ending after its eleventh season, but has already apparently named two survivors for an upcoming spin-off. And they didn’t even provide us with a “SPOILER” tag.

The second season of The Boys is out and it’s a lot of fun. Darkly humorous, bloody, gruesome, vulgar, filthy fun.

And also – Cobra Kai is a board-smashing hit in our homes.

So that’s it. That’s the episode. But you should really listen to get all the details of things I took the time to type out here.

Nerds United Episode 197: John Garrett and “What’s Your And?”

This week on Nerds United, Greg talks with John Garrett, a self-described recovering accountant. John is a comedian AND consultant AND now an author.

John wrote “What’s Your And,” a book about unlocking the person within the professional. Years of podcast guests sharing their passions at the workplace inspired John to write this book about being your whole self at work, not just the part that you perceive as “professional.”

Hear John tell how bringing your passions, be it kayaking, motorcycles, opera singing, or even podcasting, can benefit you professionally with your co-workers and even clients. “What’s Your Age” is available to pre-order on Amazon right now (link below) and is available through numerous other outlets on September 15th. Get more info at www.whatsyourand.com

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Nerds United Episode 196: Cobra Kai and Other News Notes

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg do some last-minute topic research, and learn about possible prices for the upcoming PS5 (spoiler – we can’t afford one).

We also discuss Cobra Kai on Netflix and debate ensues regarding the age of Ralph Macchio. Did you know he’s only eight years younger than Greg’s dad?

Also, Mandolorian Season 2 is on its way, and production on The Batman continues without its start, who has the Covid.

Nerds United Episode 195: RIP Chadwick plus Fandome News

Well, this is an unusual episode to say the least. It was supposed to be largely about DC Fandome and talking about all of those great trailers and tidbits we got last week.

But shortly into our episode, we were rocked by the news of the passing of Chadwick Boseman at the far too young age of 43 after battling cancer for four years. No one knew. Well, publicly.

So after that and a few other interruptions on Greg’s end, we do manage to get through the show.

Nerds United Episode 194: The Nerd Dome is Better than the Fandome

Do you remember the olden days when I used to refer to the podcast recording location as the Nerd Dome? Like the Thunder Dome except with less thunder and more nerds.

Anyway, this week we’re talking about DC Fandome, a 24-hour nerd extravaganza that begins probably right about now. I’m not sure. It’s a guess. Also – Batfleck is BACK! Disney+ should add an adult-only (not like that) section. And another Spider-man rogue member is lined up for his own movie.

We also take some quality questions from you, the lovely listeners. So we thank you.

Nerds United Episode 193: Umbrella Academy and Project Power

What can we say…it’has been a Netflix week.

Nerds United Episode 192: Look kids! It’s Chad Smart!

This week on Nerds United, we have a special guest in legendary podcaster Chad Smart!

Chad co-hosts Greg and Chad’s Power Half Hour here on the Jittery Monkey Podcast Network, and turned his Positive Cynicism podcast into the Positive Cynicism Podcast Network, which includes four shows. And he recently started another podcast called Out of Touchstone.

Chad was brought in to help Greg draw a comparison between Star Wars fans and wrestling fans. It does not go great for Greg.

Also, Mulan is coming to Disney+ and there’s a Suicide Squad game in the works from the same people who created the Batman Arkham series. So there’s that.

And here’s the latest YouTube video.

Nerds United Episode 191: Jason Todd & The Umbrella Academy

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg take a new spin on an old story and run a few hypothetical scenarios regarding young Jason Todd and what might have been.

And we ask the question…what character would you like to give the “keep or kill” public voting decision? And here’s a list of the top 25 X-Men leaders of all time, because it was brought up.

Also – the second season of The Umbrella Academy is out and it’s pretty wild. We don’t go into spoilers, it’s not our way. But we do try to give a few thoughts on what we’ve seen so far.

Other than that – be kind.

Nerds United Episode 190: The Old Guard and Old Music

This week on the podcast, the guys give a review of Netflix’ The Old Guard, which stars Charlize Theron. Also, are the Russo Brothers actually working on a Secret Wars storyline for the MCU or is that just a wish?

Henry Cavill not only builds gaming computers, but also takes internet criticism fairly well in regards to his role of Geralt in The Witcher.

And the gents have Part Two of the impromptu series they started last week that saw them attach 1990s music to superheroes. This week, I bet you can guess which superheroes we are working with.

Also, the youtube, if you have forgotten. It’s available here with the latest video (which is last week’s). Have a great week.

Nerds United Episode 189: Captain Marvel and Matching 90s Songs to Avengers

This week on Nerds United, Greg and the Co-Host of the Year Mike discuss rumors of Hayden Christensen possibly returning to the Star Wars franchise, a celebrity’s opinion on movies from bygone eras, and talk about a movie hitting Netflix in a few weeks with a very interesting premise: If you could take a pill that gave you super powers for five minutes at a time, without knowing the ability you would gain…would you?

The second half of the show is an idea that comes to us from listener Chris. He challenged us to attach 90s songs to superheroes. We paired some songs with the MCU Avengers. Give it a listen. Tell us how ridiculous our choices are (and they are).

Nerds United Episode 188: There’s a Lot Going On

It’s been a whole ten days! How did you ever survive without us?

It’s been a busy ten days. Second-season trailers for popular streaming shows. New Batwoman. Comic-Con @ Home. Jason Momoa trading in the deep sea for the winter wonderland. Boy howdy!

Also – expect a new Youtube video this weekend.

Nerds United Episode 187: Winds of Change

This special mid-week episode of Nerds United sees Greg and Mike discuss Batmans in Flash and what Michael Keaton’s return to the cinematic Batman could mean down the road. There’s also talk about Margot Robbie and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.  Also The Boys Season 2 is coming in a couple months and Greg has been re-watching the first season on Amazon Prime.

As for change, we discuss the change of Splash Mountain to a ride themed after The Princess and the Frog. We also discuss recent statements by Anthony Mackie regarding Marvel’s lack of diversity behind the camera, and how that echoes/mirrors Brie Larson’s statements made a year ago about diversity on her press tours.

Finally, we *almost* forgot to hit up The Book. So on the way out, we talk about comic book’s first cross-dressing hero, Madam Fatal.

Nerds United Episode 186: Tiger King and War Nurse

This time around on Nerds United, Greg and LIVE-FROM-HIS-NEW-PLACE Mike discuss a week’s worth of topics.

Well, that’s probably a lie. Truth be told, there’s likely so much more that came down the headlines pipe but we picked through some of our favorites.

We hit up “The Book” and discuss Pat Parker, War Nurse, as well as two different Pinocchio movies headed our way. There’s talk of Tiger King that somehow goes off the rails and we leave it to Zack Snyder to save us with a teaser of the #SnyderCut.

Put a bow on that sucker with a DC/Spotify podcast partnership and you now know why we are the best podcast for your ears (and all the ears you send our way). And check out our YouTube for a giveaway opportunity.

Thanks, and as always, Be Kind.

Nerds United Episode 185: An Important Discussion at an Important Time

For this special mid-week episode of Nerds United, Greg brought back past guests Jason White and David Gorden to discuss first-hand the recent protests following the latest death of a black man at the hands (or in this case, knee) of a police officer.

These types of conversations aren’t just important, they are necessary. If we’re ever going to grow as a society and put aside our differences, if we’re ever going to accept one another, then we have to be willing to talk to one another.

It’s not that simple. But it’s a start.

Nerds United Episode 184: Miles Gets His Shot

We turn just a few little topics into a good-length episode.

We discuss the new PS5 and the feature Spider-Man game starring Miles Morales. We also talk about the Bill and Ted: Face the Music trailer (on our Facebook page).

There’s also discussion of various types of music and a comedian who makes fun of them all.

Nerds United Episode 183: Saturday Night Good Times

This week Mike stops by Studio B on a Saturday night and we drink O’Fallon Brewery’s Pretzel Beer and talk about a solid amount of content.

Comics, casting, movies, horror. We touch on it all.

Subscribe to the podcast. Subscribe to the YouTube. for every 20 subscribers, Greg will do a shot of Wild Turkey. Wouldn’t that be fun for everyone?

Nerds United Episode 182: Music and Marvel and Star Wars

Go with us on a musical journey as Greg walks Mike through some music he was listening to on Friday. It’s crazy because there’s a little bit of everything.

 

Nerds United Episode 181: Sith vs Endgame, GLvS, Batwoman Leaves

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg discuss the recent debate online about what’s better, Avenger’s Endgame or Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Also, Ruby Rose is out as Batwoman and HBO Max will get the Snyder Cut of The Justice League. And the guys rewrite Batman V Superman into a much better movie, starring Green Lantern!

And there’s a 30-day movie challenge that we begin discussing. So there’s that.

Nerds United Episode 180: Josh Trank, FANT4STIC, and Community

This week on Nerds United, Greg and Mike discuss Josh Trank’s name being in the news recently regarding his 2015 Fantastic Four movie and how he didn’t want to make a Marvel-style movie. We discuss a rewriting of Marvel movies and if maybe the studio put themselves in a bad position to outdo themselves.

In the second half of the show, we are joined by Chad Smart of Greg and Chad’s Power Half Hour and the trio talk about the sitcom Community.

Nerds United Episode 179: Talkin’ Comics and Much More

This week on Nerds United, Greg and Mike get back to our roots and talk comics. What we’ve been reading, what we intend to read (that’s a long list), and books that we might get around to eventually.

We also field a question from a Friend of the Show/Friend in Life about some Batman books to start at as he embarks on his own journey. Godspeed, Smitty.

Just a few news and notes that largely center around DC television and cinema. And we’re all anxious to get back to “normal” as soon as possible.

Nerds United Episode 178: Secret Field Trip to Twilight Comics

Well well, boys and girls, this very special mid-week episode is one where Greg sneaks in the back door of Twilight Comics (Swansea, Illinois) to visit with owner/proprietor Brian Hillier.

We talk about the state of the comic book industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, as brick and mortar stores are unable to do business as usual.

Brian also provides some insight to other times in comic book history when some of the big publishers were not too easy to deal with. And we remind the listeners that some publishers are going above and beyond to help out comic book stores.

Nerds United Episode 177: More Mallrats, Marvel, and Expendable Universes

On this week’s all-new episode of Belleville’s Number One Podcast, Mike and Greg discuss the possibility of getting one of the DCCW stars on the podcast, Kevin Smith’s newest work, and rekindle the likelihood of having our favorite director on the show.

Also, Chris Hemsworth says it would take a Marvel movie to pack theaters again, and he’s probably right. And what’s a cinematic universe you could do without?

Subscribe. It’s that simple.

Nerds United Episode 176: Now at Mike’s Place

This week we tried something different. Greg drove all the way across town to Mike’s, and from a distance of 76 inches, the guys recorded a new podcast episode (as well as YouTube show).

In this episode, the guys discuss Spawn, the Flash, share stories from high school, video games, and some more.

Nerds United Episode 175: Comic Vehicles and Nelvana

This week on an all-new Nerds United, Mike and Greg brinfly revisit last week’s conversation about forgotten cartoons in the form of Mutant League.

While reading from The League of Regrettable Superheroes, Mike selects Nelvana of the Northern Lights. While discussing her origin, powers, and recent popularity. Could Nelvana be ripe for a big-screen debut? Greg thinks so.

A few news and notes about movie dates being pushed back, and then the guys break into a conversation about comic book vehicles.

Stick around for the end. We’re doing a giveaway. We want you to support your local comic book store during these “uncertain times” and we have a way for you to do so. Check out TKO Studios and make a purchase. You can select your local comic book shop and TKO will pay the brick and mortar the same amount that the store would have made if you bought the book in person. Take a screenshot of your comic store selection and receive an entry into the giveaway.

**BONUS** If you select Twilight Gaming and Comics in Swansea, IL, you’ll receive an extra entry. T-shirts, comics, and whatever else I can come up with to help you help the comic book stores we all love.

Nerds United Episode 174: TV Shows Past and Present

This week on the show, Mike and Greg discuss workouts while staying at home. They include comic books. Also, Greg’s back is more messed up than was initially indicated.

This week we’re talking about some forgotten cartoons of our youth. Everyone talks about Batman TAS, X-Men, Gargoyles, He-Man, TMNT. But what about the unsung heroes of your childhood? Popeye, Denver the Last Dinosaur, and more.

We also talk about some recent sitcoms, one that Mike has been talking about to Greg for awhile. And [SPOILER ALERT] I’m watching it right now!

Nerds United Episode 173: Bloodshot, Batman V Superman and More in Week 2 of Distancing

This week on a new Nerds United, Mike and Greg (still separated by miles, but together in spirit) discuss watching Bloodshot, a movie that opened in theaters two weekends ago, from the comfort of their respective couches. And seriously, watch Bloodshot.

Also on the agenda: Batman V Superman – Dawn of Justice. Someone hadn’t seen it before, and after watching portions of the movie over three days, said person still hasn’t “seen” it. Alas…what’s a husband to do?

Keeping on with the B’s…Bee-Man, a 1966 character from Harvey Comics. Also:

  • Locke and Key
  • Witcher
  • Marvel Shows on Disney+
  • Middlewest from Image Comics

Speaking of comics – support your local comic book store. They need you now more than ever! Find your store on social media. Find out if they are shipping books to your home (assuming they’re closed like ours). Make sure when doors reopen that you show them just as much love as movie theaters, concert venues, dine-in restaurants, and sporting events. They live to provide you with great books. Find them. I beg you.

Nerds United Episode 172: Mike’s ‘On Location’

Well the only thing not shut down beside’s Greg’s “essential” job is this podcast (and the other great podcasts on the Jittery Monkey Podcast Network).

But there is a change. Mike is calling in on this episode, not in Studio B. And it’s really weird.

This episode features talk about what is going on in the world right now, ya know, the Big C.

But there’s also talk about Fantomah – The Blazing Skull Mystery Woman of the Jungle Who Was There Before Wonder Woman. Also, rumors about Wonder Woman 84 being sent straight to VOD were debunked (Greg missed the memo), Rosario Dawson IS Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian, 2,000 American’s favorite superheroes and super villains, and Bloodshot will be available digitally this week. So buy it. You’ll thank me.

And we thank you for tuning in and being awesome. Because where would we be without you? I’ll tell you where…sitting right here bringing you a new episode, just with one fewer listener. And we can’t have that. So tell your friends. And wash your hands.

Nerds United Episode 171: SURPRISE! She-Hulk, Three Hulks, and More

This was the episode that was not meant to be. Presently, the Co-Host of the Year is out of town. But before he left, we got together for an hour and knocked out a podcast. It was early in the week, amid all of the continued madness that is Covid-19.

On this special surprise episode, we talk about Allison Brie (or someone like Allison Brie) that Marvel is looking for to play She-Hulk. That goes into a long discussion about the Hulks we’ve had thus far on the big screen.

Avengers Campus is set to open this summer, assuming we’re allowed to leave our homes ever again.

There’s more, but I’m trying to watch Blade Runner and this is taking away from that. I’m no good at multi-tasking.

Superman Named America’s Favorite Superhero

I know. I’m shocked!

If I had to guess, I’d say this OnePoll survey (commissioned by Visit Anaheim ahead of this summer’s opening of Avengers Campus at Walt Disneyland) which questioned 2,000 Americans probably didn’t talk to “hard core” nerds/geeks, but rather more mainstream.

That’s my perception, because any time the topic gets brought up, Supes is rarely the favorite hero in his own brand, being unseated by Batman. Batman finished third in the voting, with everyone’s favorite wall-crawler wedged between the World’s Finest. Captain America and Iron Man are 4 and 5 respectively, with Wonder Woman the sixth favorite among those polled.

Here’s the entire Top Ten:

  1. Superman
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Batman
  4. Captain America
  5. Iron Man
  6. Wonder Woman
  7. Aquaman
  8. Captain Marvel
  9. Black Panther
  10. Wolverine

That’s a lot of Hollywood dollars. And no offense to Aquaman, but would ANYONE have had him in their top ten? I think he gets a boost due to his recent big box office debut. And if I’m being honest, I say the same for Captain Marvel and Black Panther. Now that is not a knock on any of these characters, but rather an indication that their profiles were elevated due to having successful (and in Black Panther and Captain Marvel’s cases, MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL) solo films.

While the Man of Steel got the nod as America’s favorite superhero, I think it surprises exactly no one that the Clowned Prince of Crime heads the list of favorite super villains.

As beloved as Tom Hiddleston is, with a Loki show on the way on Disney+, consider me surprised that the God of Mischief is in the back half of the Top Ten.

  1. Joker
  2. Catwoman
  3. Venom
  4. Thanos
  5. Lex Luthor
  6. Magneto
  7. Penguin
  8. Harley Quinn
  9. Mystique
  10. Loki

Also, with the pomp and circumstance around Harley Quinn, I would have thought that character would be in the top five. I still think, even at number 5, Lex Luthor is underrated. He and Thanos have a lot in common, in that they say the best villains are those who see themselves as the hero, that they are doing the right thing. That was everything about Thanos in the MCU.

Also, side-bar…I think Venom and Harley Quinn could both, at times, fall into the “anti-hero” category.

Let’s see what else the poll said.

THE SUPERPOWERS AMERICANS WANT MOST
1. Invisibility                           37%
2. Healing                              35%
3. Time travel                        35%
4. Superhuman strength       33%

5. Superhuman intelligence  33%

That’s 173%, just incredible. Also, and even in the world of the coronavirus where healing would come in handy, I still want the ability to teleport. Are you kidding me? No more commutes? No more trying to find a parking spot for a ballgame? No more traveling (driving or flying) to the vacation destination…just BAM! (or “BAMF!”) and you’re there. Don’t mind that subtle smell of brimstone.

Respondents said that Superman would beat Batman in a fight. The Avengers are their favorite superhero team, and Marvel was preferred over DC by a 2-1 margin.

What’s your take on the findings of this survey? Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know via social media. Because when there’s a damn pandemic going on, talking about superhero nonsense is good for us all.

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Nerds United Episode 170: Disney Remakes and the Robat Batinbatmobile

This week on the show, Greg and Mike are talking about Disney’s live-action remakes, which ones are coming up and if we’re excited for them.

Get a lesson of the bad ideas from pro wrestling gimmicks, hear about the original Jigsaw, and the Batmobile in all of its gearhead glory!

Nerds United Episode 169: Hairy Cavill as Wolverine?

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg explore the rumors of Henry Cavill being cast as Wolverine in Captain Marvel 2, which leads into discussion about The Witcher, Locke and Key, and Man of Steel.

Also, Dynamite Thor (that’s a real thing), and being Belleville’s Number One Podcast.

Nerds United Episode 168: Reboot Reviews, Rivers, and “Robat Batinbat”

In the past week, both Greg and Mike have had the opportunity to watch Jay and Silent Bob Reboot! And in this episode, you can hear long form what the guys thought about Kevin Smith’s latest work.

(You can watch Greg’s short version right here)

We also talk about Nemesis, Playstation 5 being outrageously priced, and Mike names all of the world’s rivers. So we have that!

Oh, let’s not forget the latest images of Robert Pattinson as The Batman.

Nerds United Episode 167: Skeletar?

You’re going to have to listen to the podcast to understand it.

Nerds United Episode 166: Y Not The Last Man and Desert Island Movies

Heeeeey we’re back. After taking a couple weeks off to get healthy (damn germs), we are off and running!

If you had one fictional character’s movie to take with you on a deserted island, who would you choose? That’s part of this week’s discussion, as well as 90s cartoons, Y: The Last Man losing its’ lead actor, Mother Hubbard, and Rick Moranis.

Strap yourselves in for a comedy ride you won’t ever forget! It’s Nerds United with Greg and Mike.

Nerds United Episode 165: Lady Satan, Obi-Wan, and a Broken Truck

Well it’s time for a brand new episode of your favorite podcast (at least, if we are, leave a rating and review on your favorite podcast app).

Mike and Greg talk about Lady Satan, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Captain Marvel, and Mortal Kombat (whoa, I almost spelled that with a “C,” like some sort of noob).

We also have some great discussions based on your questions. And if you’d like to ask a question, just hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or nerdsunitedpodcast@gmail.com

Enjoy. Be kind. Rewind.

Nerds United Episode 164: Travis Yates and Nostalgia

In this special mid-week episode of Nerds United, we bring back Travis Yates. We hear a bit more about Travis’ bona fides in the realm of media and journalism and get a brief update on what’s going on over on Popology 101 on the Positive Cynicism Podcast Network (the #PCPN, if you will).

This discussion largely centers on nostalgia and the continued reboots/remakes of beloved IP’s of our youth. Greg calls it “nostalgia mining,” ie – the best parts of our youth sold off to the highest bidder. Travis thinks that it’s actually not the worst thing in the world, and how a little blast from the past can be a good thing.

Of course, there’s a brief review of the “Nostalgia” drug in the Watchmen series, hence why we get this classic artwork. Nostalgia and the theft of our youth. Are you for it or against it?

Nerds United Episode 163: Trailers and Other Stuff

Welcome to the first episode of a new year. And no, it won’t be a 14-hour episode. We’ve decided that IF we do a marathon recording, it will only be thirteen hours and five minutes…give or take.

But who has that type of time?

Oh yeah, our friends at ABCD-Bagz.

Anyway, since it’s been a few weeks since our last episode, we’re getting caught up on some geeky trailers that have dropped since the ball in Times Square. Bloodshot, Morbius, Harley Quinn, Black Widow, and more news and notes.

Nerds United Episode 162: #AskNerdsUnited

This week on a very special episode of Nerds United (your last until January 10), we take your questions and do our best to provide worthwhile answers.

Thanks to Eddie Spaghetti, ABCD-Bagz, Rick, Paul, and Chad for some great questions! Have a question for us? You can ask it anytime at nerdsunitedpodcast@gmail.com

Thanks and Be Kind…Rewind!

Nerds United Episode 161: Hemingway, Stache Publishing, and Christmas

This week on a very special Nerds United, Greg is joined by longtime friend of the show Anthony Mathenia. The two talk about the life and death of Stache Publishing and how projects that began before its untimely ending will see fruition.

One of those projects that is near and dear to Anthony’s heart is a graphic novel based on the life and times of Ernest Hemingway.

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Among other topics discussed is a brief Star Wars cartoon that Anthony worked on with Miljenko (an excerpt from the Hemingway graphic novel is visible above). And we talk about Christmas and share a few stories, since Anthony hasn’t been celebrating Christmas too terribly long.

Merry Christmas and/or the holiday of your choosing, everyone!

Nerds United Episode 160: Texas Tornado of Awesome

This week, Mike and Greg are joined for a little while by fellow podcasters Kevin Hunsperger and Chad Smart. The guys talk about podcasting and their respective shows, as well as BREAKING NEWS for the Jittery Monkey Podcast Network.

After Chad and Kevin are dismissed, the Nerds United duo discusses Watchmen and Joker.

Also, despite what you may have seen from other online reviews, Kevin and Chad both appeared to enjoy Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker.

 

Nerds United Episode 159: Movie Trailers and Recipes

This is our first true NU episode since Turkey Before Turkey. And we missed a lot in the week we spent with family.

Trailers for Black Widow, Wonder Woman, Ghostbusters: Afterlife. We talk some recipes for Mike to prepare for another UFC Fight Night.

Also, Watchmen and The Mandalorian.

And I finally picked up Dark Horse Comics’ The Butcher of Paris, written by Stephanie Phillips. Check out my chat with her in the archives.

I think that’s it. It’s late. I probably forgot something.

Oh yeah – who could forget Doctor Hormone?

Nerds United Episode 158: Talking Letterkenny

This week on the show, I invite my friend Patrick Gerhart on to talk about one of our favorite shows, and probably the best thing to come out of Canada since hockey…Letterkenny.

Patrick and I have been talking about getting this conversation recorded for a few months, and with Season 8 of Letterkenny set to arrive on Christmas (in Canada, on December 27 for us in the States), it was a fitting time to get together.

We share some of our favorite scenes and characters, as well as a little backstory on the show. It would be a great honor to have a cast member or writer on the show sometime, so if you’re reading this and have anything to do with Letterkenny, please send an email to nerdsunitedpodcast@gmail.com.

That’s it. Thanks Patrick. Pitter patter, let’s get atter.

Nerds United Episode 157: Turkey Before Turkey 2

This week is the Second Annual Nerds United Turkey Before Turkey episode. And that means our fearless hosts will take a shot of Wild Turkey ahead of tomorrow’s turkey (and food) coma of Thanksgiving.

On this show, we discuss music we were listening to in high school (we might be the only podcast this Thanksgiving weekend to mention Limp Bizkit). We talk about the Speed Centaur and the Invisible Woman, building a cinema universe on a strong foundation instead of sand, and gingers in Star Wars.

And be looking for a very special Cyber Monday sale, where you can get FREE SHIPPING AND 15% off EVERYTHING at our shop. And enjoy the show.

Nerds United Episode 156: The Draft with Kevin Hunsperger

Welcome to a new episode of Nerds United. This week on the show, we are joined by Kevin Husperger, host and sole proprietor of My 1-2-3 Cents the Podcast and My123Cents.com.

We took your comic book character suggestions and put together a draft, picking seven names each who would do battle in a make-believe arena.

We couldn’t have done it without you. So we thank you.

And also, Greg’s team would win. But you can help decide by voting on the post on Facebook.

Mike and Greg also talk about a few news items before Kevin comes on board. It’s another solid episode, and it’s not 14 hours. So we have that going for us.

Nerds United Episode 155: Disney+ Gets Our Money and Probably Yours

This week on the podcast, Greg and Mike talk about snow days in our youth, local beer, Disney+, The Mandalorian, unexpected finds on the new streaming service, and much more.

And Mike really lets Greg have it for watching Episode 1 of The Mandalorian without telling Mike first. Because Greg’s a dick.

Nerds United Episode 154: Playing Catch Up

This week on the podcast, Greg and Mike pair their beer to some delicious Halloween candy. And the guys get going talking about the topics you come for each episode.

Topics like:

Ant-Man 3
Bloodshot movie and comics
Spider-Man Noir series
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel
Arrow
Greg being behind on Marvel Netflix shows yet seeming watching John Carter more than once.

And a lot more.

Come for the conversation, stay for the laughs. Or vice versa. We’re not picky. Thanks for listening. If you don’t mind, on your favorite podcast app, hit that Subscribe button. It’s free. And you’ll get new episodes delivered to your device each time. We’re out to save you time. Because we care.

Be kind, and rewind!

Nerds United Episode 153: The Batman Casting and Chad Frickin’ Smart!

This week on a new Nerds United, Greg and Mike discuss the headlines of the week, like casting choices for The Batman, Thor wanting to team up with Captain America and Iron Man once more, and a sequel to the Harry Potter franchise.

And then we are joined by Chad frickin’ Smart, former host of Positive Cynicism on the Jittery Monkey Podcast Network, and founder of the Positive Cynicism Podcast Network. We talk about a couple movies Chad has seen recently, namely Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and The Joker. It was a great chat w/ our buddy from El Lay.

Thanks as always for listening to the show. If you don’t mind, share it. Thanks.

Nerds United Episode 152: The Women of Marvel and Other Topics

This week on a brand new episode of your favorite comic book related podcast ever, Greg and Mike talk about places you may or may not have ever heard about, mention Kevin Smith and Triple H, talk about an all-female Marvel movie, how and when Daredevil could be a part of the MCU and which famous villain turned hero is championing the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen’s return, Jennifer Aniston hating on Marvel movies (probably out of jealousy), Brock vs Cain II in Saudi Arabia, Kevin Hunsperger, host of My 1-2-3 Cents the Podcast and 1/2 of the Stride Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions, and run-on sentences.

Nerds United Episode 151: Spider-Man, The Batman, and a 67 Impala

This week on a brand new Nerds United – two episodes never alike! – Greg and Mike discuss their lives over the last week. Then they talk about the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot, Jurassic World 3 bringing back some classic names, Brandon Routh as Superman, why Michael Rosenbaum is NOT in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover for DC CW, and a little (BIG) story surrounding everyone’s favorite web-slinger.

Nerds United Episode 150: EPISODE 150, Y’ALL!

This week on the show, Greg and Mike wax nostalgia and talk about olden times, bring back a long-lost segment of the show, and talk about some of the various news and notes making the rounds this week.

And if you make it to the end, the guys run down some of the offerings on the Disney+ streaming app.

Nerds United Episode 149: Writer and Hockey Enthusiast Stephanie Phillips

This very special mid-week episode features writer Stephanie Phillips, author of Aftershock Comics’ Descendent, as well as Kicking Ice from Ominous Press, and Devil Within from Black Mask Studios. Upcoming projects include but are not limited to The Butcher of Paris from Dark Horse Comics, and other unnamed projects we can’t even discuss.

Learn about Stephanie’s life and career outside of comics. And we do a deep dive into Descendent, which I HIGHLY recommend. Ask your local comic book shop about it. And enjoy the show!

Nerds United Episode 148: Classic TMNT and Micro Machines

This week on Nerds United, Greg and Mike replay the first two episodes of the classic 1989 cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, providing their own unique brand of comedy. 

We also hear about classic Micro Machines, UFC vs WWE, Kevin Hunsperger’s finishing maneuver, and more. Trips down memory lane and old toys for a new generation. 

Thanks for joining us wherever you are. We appreciate you. 

Oh, and at one point, Mike turns off his microphone and we don’t realize it but it’s okay because he’s talking about Brock Lesnar and Brock Lesnar is a turd. 

Nerds United Episode 147: I Stole Chad’s Friend

THAT’S RIGHT! And I’ll do it again! This week on the show, Travis Yates, regular guest on Chad’s Positive Cynicism podcast, stops by via Skype to chat about holding Advanced Degrees in Pop Culture, avoiding a hurricane, the evolution of entertainment, CGI vs practical effects, hating on Terminator, some must-see films, and more.

Be sure to check out Travis’ website, maybe buy a book or two, and thanks for listening to the show.

Nerds United Episode 146: A Big Beefy Wookie

This week on Nerds United, we look at Star Wars A New Hope and cast it through the lens of 2019. Star Wars never existed, and we are casting it with the actors and actresses of today.

Who would you cast as some of the main characters in Star Wars if it were being made in 2019 for the first time? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

Nerds United Episode 145: Jason White Returns and Talks Villains

Jason White, writer and artist of Lost Owl Kingdom, returns to Nerds United as inspiration for this mid-week episode. First we catch up on some of Jason’s news and happenings of this summer.

Then we get down to the matter at hand…which villain do you agree with? Maybe it’s the logic they share in one of their monologues.

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Sit back and relax as Greg, Mike, and Jason chat villains, and don’t forget that we’ll have your regular show for you at the end of the week! Because we care!

Nerds United Episode 144: Spider-Man Tug of War and D23

This week on Nerds United, Mike and Greg discuss at length the split between Marvel and Sony over our favorite web-slinger. That was news that rocked the nerd world.

Plus, Masters of the Universe is coming back, thanks to Hero of the Show Kevin Smith (and Netflix). And there’s a lot more content heading to Disney+ that we learned about at D23. So it’s not all sorrow and sadness.

Enjoy the episode and share it with anyone you know. Because you love us, and we love you…probably. I mean, Greg is married but Mike may love you.

….long time.

Nerds United Episode 143: Inside Twilight Comics (Swansea, Illinois)

This special mid-week episode of Nerds United has Greg in his favorite comic book store. He’s talking with Brian the owner about the state of the comic book industry, how digital platforms have affected brick and mortar stores, and how publishers and comic book store owners are co-existing.

If you haven’t yet, check out this short video Greg and Brian made while destroying a couple of comic books.

Destroying some comics at Twilight Comics (Swansea, Illinois).

Posted by Nerds United on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mike will be back for the week’s recap of news Friday night as usual. There are a lot of headlines that came out this week. We look forward to sharing them all with you.

Nerds United Episode 142: The Boys Talking about The Boys…and more

This week on an all-new Nerds United, Greg and Mike are talking about Catwoman’s “controversial” new costume, as well as The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, destroying comics, and The Boys (now on Amazon Prime).

Give it a listen and share it with the nerds in your social circle.

Nerds United Episode 141: X-Men and Marvel, DC Comics, and Skittles

This week on Nerds United, Greg and Co-Host of the Year Mike talk about what comics Greg has been reading, having leftover beer, merging the Marvel and X-Men cinematic universes, how it could go right, and where the X-Men went so wrong.

And then there’s Skittles.