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Welcome to But Why Tho? the podcast, where we talk about the parts of popular culture that people say matter and ask the question but why tho?


Kate, Adrian, and Matt answer this question with through passion, geekdom, history and even some scholarship.

Aug 16, 2017

SPOILERS! This week we talk Marvel! But not the MCU, no, this week we talk about how the Marvel Netflix Universe matters to fans, critics, and the image of Marvel superheroes. Up until the Netflix originals, Marvel wasn't known for gritty and violent drama, leaving much of the dark, broody, and bloody stories to the side. In this episode we take you through why each series matters (chronologically, DD, JJ, LC, IF, if you need to skip some spoilers) and what they mean to us. 

With Daredevil, Marvel solidified itself as strong storytellers in a very real and not hyper-color world. With Jessica Jones, Marvel and Netflix show that by choosing show-runners reflective of their story, they could explore complex issues such as interpersonal violence, trauma, and recovery. Using the same reflective style, by tapping African American voices to tell Luke Cages story, they create a political superhero series that is very much attached to the real life issues faced by communities of color today. And with Iron Fist, well, Colleen Wing was cool.