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

The Black Widow Comics Reading List

The 10 Best ‘Black Widow’ Comics to Read Alongside the Movie


We rank the best books based on what you might find in the new Marvel movie.

Loki Episode 4 The Nexus Event

Everything We Knew About ‘Loki’ Was Wrong


Lions and tigers and space lizards! Oh my! The TVA is not the great and powerful DMV we once thought it to be.

Loki Episode 3 Enchantress Explained

Exploring the Enchantress at the Center of ‘Loki’


We explore how the “Sylvie” variant connects to Loki’s comic book history. She is no faded photocopy.

Loki Episode 2 The Variant

The Trouble and Delight of the Multiple ‘Loki’ Variants


We dive into the second episode of the Marvel series and examine a few critical characters who might come into play.

Loki Tva

‘Loki’ Explained: Unpacking the TVA’s Comic Book Origins


The new Disney+ series adapts some of the strangest stories hidden within Marvel Comics. We plunge into the long boxes hoping to divine the franchise’s future.

Best Loki Comics

The 10 Best Comics to Read Alongside ‘Loki’


With the arrival of the Disney+ series, we recommend the best comics that speak to Loki’s complicated morality.

Sharon Carter Skrull

Is Sharon Carter a Skrull?


We look at ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ and examine how it might lead to the next big Marvel Cinematic Universe event, ‘Secret Invasion.’

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Finale

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Finale Believes We Can Do Better


Will the real Captain America please stand up? The ending of the Marvel series answers a few questions but leaves several others hanging.

Falcon And Winter Soldier Episode

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Introduces a Mysterious New Threat


A surprise guest star suggests a grim future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.