New podcast episode: Character and motivation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One

What is it about the Marvel Cinematic Universe that keeps us coming back for more? Is it the big, explosive action, special effects and larger than life costumes, or is it something much simpler?

In this special, feature length essay podcast, Noel Mellor looks at the history of the MCU and how Marvel found its formula by focusing on character as a way to engage audiences and enhance the blockbuster experience.

Using illustrative clips from the series, it inspects the concerns and motivations of these characters, what makes them do what they do, and how this makes them so much more compelling for audiences.

You can stream the episode below or subscribe to the Pod Syndicate Bonus feed here. But what are the key tracks that define the band during this period? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too…

And if you do enjoy the show and want a ‘phase two’ follow up, be sure to let Noel know and he’ll probably do one!

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