The Mark Hastings Experience – Episode #65: “Captain America: The First Avenger”

In this Marvel themed episode Mark talks about the 2011 American Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) superhero film “Captain America: The First Avenger” directed by Joe Johnston and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, starring Chris Evans the title character Captain America/Steve Rogers. Set during World War II, the film is an origin story for the title character as well as the starting off point for several familiar characters whose importance within the overall story of the “Infinity War saga” of the MCU would grow as more films were produced and as the interconnectness of the story being told was more fleshed-out. The film also stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Hugo Weaving as Johann Schimdt/Red Skull, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Tommy Lee Jones as Chester Philips, Stanley Tucci as Abraham Erskine, as well as many other great actors who give phenomenonal performances as memorable characters.

The Mark Hastings Experience – Episode #48: “Iron Man 2”

In this episode Mark talks about the Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Iron Man 2” – the 2010 sequel to the 2008 “Iron Man” – which once again stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man facing off against a new threat who wishes to enact revenge on him as result of his late father seemingly being betrayed by Tony Stark’s father Howard Stark – while Tony struggles with his own ailing health. The film sees the first appearance of Scarlett Johansson as the character Black Widow and reintroduces Samuel L. Jackson as the enigmatic Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury – who would both become integral characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.

The Mark Hastings Experience – Episode #42: “Iron Man”

In this episode Mark talks about the 2008 American superhero film “Iron Man”, directed by Jon Favreau, based upon the Marvel comics character of the same name. “Iron Man” was the first film in what has over time become known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe – which is a continuously growing series of films and TV shows that are all interconnected with one another and which are all set in the same reality and occasionally feature cross-overs of live-action depictions of several different well-known and not so well-known heroes, characters, and storylines that have been featured in the pages Marvel Comics since its inception. “Iron Man” has a star-studded cast, including: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jeff Bridges, Terence Howard, as well as several other cameos that would become a staple for the Marvel Cinematic Universe of films that would follow.

My Poem “Excelsior!”

Some writers are natural born storytellers…
some creators create characters
who are so Mighty, so Amazing, so Incredible,
so Fantastic, that they leap from the words,
from the pictures, from the pages,
where they were first written and drawn,
and they ascend and travel far beyond
the dreams of the one who first
breathed life into them…
some writers have a way of defining
the times that they live in with their stories,
and then there are those writers
whose imagination is so beyond
any measurable spectrum that their influence
stretches over space and time…
there are very few writers and creators
like Stan “The Man” Lee –
because he was a Marvel in his own right
and a god to those who knew of him
and what his characters and stories
will always mean to the world…
Stan Lee was more than just a writer
and a creator of some of the most influential
superheroes of our time:
Spider-man, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man,
The X-Men, Daredevil, Doctor Strange,
The Fantastic Four – and he
made an entire generation of dreamers
into True Believers…
I will always remember his smile,
his voice, his one of a kind mind,
his generous heart, his timeless ethos
that: “One person can make a difference” –
and there could never be enough said
about what he will always mean
to so many people all around the world…
and so, I say goodbye to the one and the only
Stan Lee by looking up to the sky
and reciting his life motto: Excelsior!

RIP Stan Lee