Marvel Explained

Marvel Explained is an ongoing series in which our resident comics expert Brad Gullickson dives into the latest Marvel shows, movies, trailers, and news stories to divine the franchise’s future.

It also includes episode-by-episode deep dives for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Disney+ shows:

Explore the entire Marvel Explained archive below

Are We Sure That’s Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’?

We examine how Uncle Ben factors into the MCU Spider-Man and whether or not the 'No Way Home' climax presents… Read More

6 Questions Left Unanswered by ‘Hawkeye’

The 'Hawkeye' finale pretty much goes where we thought it would, but it leaves several questions dangling over the franchise.… Read More

Meet the Grinch Who Stole Hawkeye’s Christmas (Not Mephisto)

And this big guy doesn't need the Multiverse as an excuse for his villainy. He's been lurking in the shadows… Read More

‘Hawkeye’ Exemplifies Why Superheroes Can Never Get Along

This cliche goes all the way back to the beginning of the Marvel Universe, and it's why their comics connect… Read More

Why A Cheek Pinch is the Most Exciting Action in ‘Hawkeye’

Car chases, gunfire, and giant Pym-enhanced arrows are cool and all, but they got nothing on these villainous grabby fingers. Read More

Is ‘Hawkeye’ Leading Us to ‘Blade’?

One of the Disney+ series' supporting characters suggests the vampiric future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More

7 Oddities Worth Exploring in the Final ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Trailer

While this trailer delivers several expected beats, it also suggests several weird turns for the franchise. Read More

A New ‘Thing’ Comic by Walter Mosley Should Inspire ‘The Fantastic Four’

Marvel's comics are frequently allowed to explore the small moments with as much attention as the cataclysmic threats. Why can't… Read More

‘Eternals’ is a Marvelous Moment for Jack Kirby

Marvel's latest is the first to give solo creator credit to the legendary comic book artist, and it should not… Read More