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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

Oct 7, 2020

It's our hairiest episode yet - HANK MCCOY! What does Doc have to say about the brilliant Beast? Listen now to find out!


  • Intro
    • Time’s almost up for nominees
    • Some exciting news coming soon about promotion :)
  • Background (3:10)
    • Hank McCoy (Beast) created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in X-Men #1 (Sept 1963)
    • A member of the original X-Men, he appears human, but has proportions and agility similar to a monkey, including prehensile feet
    • Enjoys the resources for learning provided by Xavier, but soon joins the Brand Corporation as a scientist - there, he inadvertently transforms himself into a more animalistic form
    • Joins the Avengers, where he remains a full-time and reserve member for many years
    • Later joins the Defenders, and then X-Factor, reuniting him with the original X-Men team
    • Rejoins the X-Men in 1991
    • Discovers a cure for the Legacy Virus, but Colossus chooses to sacrifice himself to release it, causing Hank much regret
    • Has a secondary mutation, causing him to take on a more feline appearance
    • Became disillusioned with Scott’s leadership, so he left the X-Men again and joined the Secret Avengers for a time
    • In Avengers vs. X-Men, Hank sides with the Avengers against the Phoenix Five
    • After Scott’s escape from prison and subsequent militant viewpoint, Hank travels back in time to bring the original, young X-Men to the present to talk Scott down
    • Inhumans vs. X-Men - tries to get mutants to leave Earth before dying of Terrigen infection, but they imprison him - later reconciles with the team, when they realize he was right
    • House/Powers of X - Serving on Krakoa, overseeing the data analysis systems
  • Issues (06:42)
    • Intellectualism to a fault - doesn’t believe there’s a problem he can’t solve by experimenting
    • Struggles with the dichotomy between his physical form and mental capacity (16:30)
    • Is Beast manic? (22:39)
  • Break (31:57)
    • Plugs for Bedknobs & Broomflicks, Varmints, and Chris Claremont
  • Treatment (33:30)
    • In-universe - Use Cerebro to create dull environments and figure out Hank at his core
    • Out of universe - (38:10)
  • Skit (48:49)
  • Ending (54:28)
    • Recommended reading: Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon
    • Next episodes: Ego, 100th episode special
    • Review read: Jo Anna, 07/13/2020, Capes to you! Great show. I love the banter and comic news
    • Plugs for social


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