Advanced Blockbuster Studies

A bright mushroom cloud explosion at night.
Advanced Blockbuster Studies likes explosions.

Do you like blockbusters? We like blockbusters! Superheroes, giant lizards, aliens, or problematic archeology professors, we’ll watch and talk too much about it. Every weekly episode of Advanced Blockbuster Studies, Tom, Tyler, and Joseph recap and discuss the biggest, most explosion-iest movies and television. Strap in, suit up, and get ready to over-analyze blockbusting entertainment with us.

What we’re watching now

Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) holds Captain America's shield.
Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) holds Captain America’s shield. Image courtesy of Disney/Marvel.

The spring session of Advanced Blockbuster Studies focuses on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. In this Marvel show, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and James Barnes (Sebastian Stan) deal with life after The Blip, and a new global threat.

Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the show picks up months after Avengers: Endgame. At the end of that movie, there were a lot of questions on what was next for these characters in the MCU. What’s happening with Captain America’s shield? How does Bucky get acclimated to modern life? Can Sam be the hero he needs to be for his family, his country, and himself? What does it mean to have a black man take on the mantle of Captain America?

Listen to our discussion Saturdays every week for answers and likely more questions. Tom, Tyler, and Joseph will have a roundtable discussion on what’s good, what’s bad, and what we’re looking forward to in this blockbuster series.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is streaming on Disney +

The Advanced Blockbuster Studies team

Tom Kowalski (he/him) grew up with the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films. He is currently the president of the comics club at the University at Buffalo, where he studies.

Tyler Bauer (he/him) was born and bred in Long Island, New York, but has been in Buffalo long enough now to basically be considered a native. He spends his 9-to-5 working in Higher Education, and will like and subscribe to your YouTube channel if you ask!

Joseph DiDomizio (he/him) is an arts and culture writer and producer who has been reading comics, watching movies, and writing about them since he was a kid.

David Chevrestt (he/him) is a jack of all trades, meowster of none, and still waiting for the real punchline to “know what happens to a toad when it’s struck by lightning.”