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

Spider Man No Way Home Final Trailer

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.

Fantastic Four Walter Mosley

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 the movies be given the same latitude?

Eternals Jack Kirby

‘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 be ignored.

Buzz Lightyear Trailer

The Marvel-fication of Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear


And the worry that stirs. Do we need a heroic origin story for a toy that’s already found some resemblance of peace?

Captain America Avengers Infinity War

Captain America’s Failure in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’


Marvel stories have always been about failing, and that’s what makes them so dang enjoyable.

Adam Warlock Will Poulter

Will Poulter’s Casting as Adam Warlock Suggests a Soulful MCU Reunion


The Infinity Saga may be over, but we probably haven’t seen the last of the Infinity Stones. Adam Warlock’s arrival suggests more MacGuffin madness.

What If Episode 9

Where Marvel’s Multiverse Needs to Go Next


Yes, there was supposed to be an extra Gamora episode in ‘What If…? Season 1.

What If Episode Kirby Krackle

‘What If…?’ Celebrates the Iconic Artistic Flourish Known as Kirby Krackle


For diehard Marvel fans, spotting it is like spotting a Stan Lee cameo.

What If Episode

Can ‘What If…?’ Ever Be More Than a Cartoon? Episode 7 Suggests So


Marvel Studios doesn’t want their cartoon to suffer the same fate as Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They demand the eyes of every fan.