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Marvel Movie Minute Season Six • The Avengers • Minute 26

Life Model Decoys

Minute Twenty-Six: From Credit for Pepper to ‘Phil?’

Matthew Costello, author of Secret Identity Crisis: Comic books and the Unmasking of Cold War America, joins us in this episode!

In the twenty-sixth minute of The Avengers

It’s hard to go wrong with the Tony/Pepper dynamic. That certainly holds true with Robert Downey Jr./Gwyneth Paltrow as well. They clearly are movie stars and carry a real sense of connection on screen. Plus, the writing here stands out as exceptional character material. We talk a lot about them and their relationship, as well as how it’s grown from the first Iron Man film to now. That, of course, allows us to bring Agent Phil Coulson into the conversation as he enters the room. He’s been around since the start as well, and there’s definitely a sense of the relationships growing over time from then to now for all three of them. We talk about all of that, plus life model decoys! Tune in!

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Film Sundries


Andy Nelson and Pete Wright reach the first team-up movie in the MCU: Marvel’s The Avengers, and they’re taking it apart one blue-beamed minute at a time.