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Oct 16, 2015

Dave and Elise concentrate on one movie, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014), in this episode, in order to leave time for grappling with mixed feelings about the cinematic legacy of superhero comics. We even went back to the original texts (Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142), just to get into the proper spirit of this thing. Then it's on to Bryan Singer's opus. Is Peter Dinklage's performance as Bolivar Trask a “big turd that just lies there”? Can anyone defend Magneto's trajectory in this film as psychologically consistent? Is mild sexism a sufficient motivator for Mystique's illogical course of action? And where was Wolverine's 2023 consciousness hanging out all those years, waiting for his body to show up? We ask the hard questions here at AKoD.

And remember: this episode.... everybody dies!!!!

Time (Travel) Table

0:00 Comic Book Talk and previous X-Men film talk

24:00 X-Men: Days of Future Past

2:22:00 More comic book talk and Mailbag!


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Intro Credits:

The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)


Outro Credits:

Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)


Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure