The superhero movie resurrection continues with Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, then Nick and Alastair take things down a notch with Netflix’s The Chair.

But first, it’s an unusually eventful recommendations section, as Alastair brings us bad news about our podcast title while covering Censor, and Nick unleashes a dark earworm as he discusses Alan Partridge: From The Oasthouse.

And then it’s time for a big step in Marvel’s fourth superhero phase with Shang Chi (11:28), which Nick and Alastair don’t spoil in detail, but perhaps in vague structural terms – the shape of the ending is described.

Lastly, they return to their golden years in academia with Netflix’s The Chair (27:04), including expert commentary and exciting news about David Duchovny.

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This fortnight, reality itself is crumbling as Nick and Alastair cover games-come-t0-life movie Free Guy and Marvel’s multiverse-humping animated series What If…?

But first, Nick follows up on recommending Chew many years ago by reading new prequel comic Chu, and yes, talking about the difference between these two on an audio podcast proves hard work. Meanwhile, Alastair’s watched the next few episodes of Lupin, a much simpler choice.

And then time to log on to their main features with Free Guy (10:06), in which Ryan Reynolds plays a video game NPC named Guy who starts to wonder if his life lacks purpose, a plot which only somewhat closely resembles Nick’s 2019 comic The Catalyst.

Lastly, a look at the opening episodes of What If…? (25:16), the latest show from Marvel/Disney+, showing us how our lives could’ve been different if Peggy Carter became Captain America, or if Nick & Alastair never started this podcast. (That one is coming up in season 1 episode 11.)

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