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The Movie Defenders

The Movie Defenders podcast is a show dedicated to talking about the best things about the films you love, not tear everything down.

Nov 27, 2018

On this special extended-edition of The Movie Defenders podcast, the Defenders look back on the life of one of the titans of pop culture, Stan Lee, who recently left us.  We talk about the first time we ever heard his voice or his name, the things he created, and the life he lived.  We play a lot of Stan clips as we talk about our favorite Stan Lee cameos in a special segment of 5 by 5.  We also play a very touching and funny story about how he ended up doing his first movie cameo, Mallrats.

Then, in honor of Stan, we tackle the most maligned Marvel super hero film of the last many years, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  We talk about many common criticisms, strange mutants with strange powers, the direction of the film, and yes, even that bizarre version of Deadpool that showed up.

So come with us as we celebrate the life of a giant, and maybe shed a little more light onto a movie that just might be better than you think.


  • 9:13 - Our show format
  • 19:17 - Eulogizing Stan Lee
  • 54:42 - Top 5 Stan Lee Cameos
  • 1:17:31 - Kevin Smith's Mallrats Story
  • 1:31:58 - X-Men Origins: Wolverine Discussion Start
  • 1:34:41 - Getting X-Men into Genesys RPG
  • 1:50:46 - What critics say about X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • 2:04:05 - Opening credits to the movie
  • 2:06:57 - The weird, unrecognizable mutants in the film
  • 2:14:24 - Meeting Gambit
  • 2:19:13 - Production problems and the writer's strike
  • 2:35:13 - Victor killing Bradley
  • 2:57:12 - Liev Shreiber's performance as Sabertooth
  • 3:02:39 - Other favorite scenes
  • 3:12:12 - WTF Deadpool