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

Hawkeye Trailer

The ‘Hawkeye’ Trailer Reveals Marvel’s Two Opposing Adaptation Processes


We dig into the ‘Hawkeye’ trailer, celebrate its many comic book references, and consider how it chooses to adapt its source material differently than the current ‘What If…?’ series.

What If Episode Zombies

‘What If…?’ Episode 5 Is A Marvelous Spin on ‘The Walking Dead’


When Marvel wanted to take advantage of the early aughts’ zombie pop-culture takeover, they turned to the demented mind of Robert Kirkman.

What If Episode Explained

A Cameo in ‘What If…?’ Episode 4 Could Connect to Multiple Marvel Spin-Offs


Once again, Doctor Strange proves that he might be the greatest threat facing the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What If Episode 3 Explained

‘What If…?’ Episode 3 Forces Us to Rethink Our Opinion of a Certain Marvel Hero


The Avengers Initiative implodes from within, and we can never look at on particular character the same way again.

What If Episode Chadwick Boseman

Whether as Star-Lord or Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman is King in ‘What If…?’


The second episode confirms everything we love about Star-Lord, Black Panther, and the man beneath both costumes.

What If Episode 1 Explained

‘What If…?’ Allows Peggy Carter to be the Hero We Always Knew She Was


Marvel Studios may never properly acknowledge the ‘Agent Carter’ series, but ‘What If…?’ comes the closest to realizing Peggy as more than Captain America’s girlfriend.

Loki Ending and Episode 6 Explained

The Ending of ‘Loki’ Explained: Marvel’s New Villain Tells All


And you thought Thanos was scary? The MCU’s new villain makes the Mad Titan appear infantile.

Black Widow Ending Explained

The Ending of ‘Black Widow’ Explained


The first feature in Marvel’s Phase Four provides some connective tissue for the MCU’s Disney+ shows.

Loki Episode 5 Journey Into Mystery

Marvel’s Next Thanos Might Have Arrived in ‘Loki’ Episode 5


This week’s episode introduces one of Marvel’s strangest villains and suggests where this franchise might be heading.