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Marvel Movie Minute Season Six • The Avengers • Minute 79

TA079: A Certified Lever Lover

Minute Seventy Nine: From Tony’s Tech Jargon to Hulk Failing to Pick Up Mjølnir

Jason Dittmer, Professor of Political Geography at University College London and author of ‘Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero’, joins us in this episode!

In the seventy-ninth minute of The Avengers

So much of Tony-science in this minute! We get to talk about magnetic levitation, or mag-lev. We also get to discuss stators and the potential logic behind what Tony’s trying to do. It somewhat makes sense. Is that good enough? There’s also some serious discussion about the red lever and how it plays into Tony’s dumbing down the conversation.

From there, we return to Thor and Hulk. We get a nice dutch angle of Thor – a nice nod to Kenneth Branagh’s style. We also get the surprising return of tiptoeing Hulk. Why is he so quiet in his approach to Thor? There’s also the calling of Mjølnir which elicits some concerns. That being said, we do get some fantastic beats of the fight through the rest of the minute – Thor undercutting Hulk with Mjølnir, hurling him into a harrier jet in a speed-ramped shot shines. Thor dropping and sliding on his knees while leaning back to dodge the harrier wing is another. And Hulk grabbing Mjølnir, only to get pinned by it is a third.

We struggle through some of this minute, but still genuinely enjoy it, and have a great conversation about all of it. Tune in!

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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.