The MCU Diaries: Essays On Marvel Television

A podcast dedicated to all the television shows produced by Marvel Studios on Disney+.

Hosted ByBlake Larsen

The MCU Diaries: Essays On Marvel Television Podcast with Blake Larsen is dedicated to all the television shows produced by Marvel Studios on Disney+.

In The MCU Diaries: Essays On Marvel Television, Blake will dive head first on character, theme, connective tissue to the MCU and the art of Marvel storytelling starting with WandaVision and going through all the MCU series including: Loki, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, What If…?, Hawkeye and more.

*THIS IS A SPOILER PODCAST* We will be covering every facet of the MCU and all it’s connections. We are going to assume that you, the listener, have watched the 23 films that comprise the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) which were produced by Marvel Studios. We will be dealing with mega spoilers from the previous films, and even possible future spoilers for the direction in which the MCU may head in future phases.

What is the MCU? The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The franchise includes comic books, short films, television series, and digital series. The shared universe, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.

If you would like the written version of these essays, you can find them all on The MCU Diaries Blog series here.

Learn more about your host, Blake Larsen, here.

The MCU Diaries: Essays On Marvel Studios Television Podcast

All Episodes

The MCU Diaries: LOKI: 1.06 – For All Time, Always (SEASON 1 FINALE)

The MCU Diaries Host Blake Larsen chats the LOKI season 1 finale: episode 1.06 – For All Time, Always.

Blake discusses why we have to go back to the beginning to understand the end, why Jonathan Majors is exceptional as He Who Remains, and why this episode feels like a Smashing Pumpkins song…

The MCU Diaries: LOKI: 1.05 – Journey Into Mystery

The MCU Diaries Host Blake Larsen chats LOKI: episode 1.05 – Journey Into Mystery.

Blake discusses “theme vs. anti-theme”, why this might be his favorite MCU episode yet, and why there absolutely needs to be an Old Loki and Alligator Loki spinoff…

The MCU Diaries: LOKI: 1.04 – The Nexus Event

The MCU Diaries Host Blake Larsen chats LOKI: episode 1.04 – The Nexus Event.

Blake discusses the narrative use of twists, why the big twist for this episode is not the one you’re thinking of, and why he wants Loki’s hair flip put on a 24 hour loop…

The MCU Diaries: LOKI: 1.03 – Lamentis

The MCU Diaries Host Blake Larsen chats LOKI: episode 1.03 – Lamentis.

Blake discusses why love is knowing and accepting fault, why there is an odd structure shift half way through the series, and why it feels like all is not what it seems…

The MCU Diaries: LOKI: 1.02 – The Variant

The MCU Diaries Host Blake Larsen chats the LOKI: episode 1.02 – The Variant.

Blake discusses how the show goes beyond it’s “hook”, Free Will vs. Determinism, and why The Falcon And The Winter Soldier should be furiously taking notes from Loki…

The MCU Diaries: LOKI: 1.01 – Glorious Purpose (SEASON 1 PREMIERE)

The MCU Diaries Host Blake Larsen chats the LOKI season 1 premiere: episode 1.01 – Glorious Purpose.

Blake discusses the exquisite use of exposition to break down character, how the show uses striking visuals and action to highlight the exposition, and why that leads to such an incredible emotional payoff by episode’s end…

The MCU Diaries: The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: 1.06 – One People, One World (SEASON 1 FINALE)

The MCU Diaries Host Blake Larsen chats The Falcon And The Winter Soldier season 1 finale: episode 1.06 – One People, One World.

Blake discusses Thesis and Antithesis, the cathartic arcs for Sam and Bucky, and why this episode is the MCU at it’s best, but also it’s very worst.

The MCU Diaries: The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: 1.05 – Truth

The MCU Diaries Host Blake Larsen chats The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: episode 1.05 – Truth.

Blake discusses the push and pull of the main character’s stasis, getting the big fight out of the way, and why THAT cameo is such a big deal for the MCU…

The MCU Diaries: The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: 1.04 – The Whole World Is Watching

The MCU Diaries Host Blake Larsen chats The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: episode 1.04 – The Whole World Is Watching.

Blake discusses the significance of THAT final shot, the emotional fulcrum of this series, and why a freshman psychology major would have done better than the American government…