Media Medusa knows that geek entertainment isn’t just for geeks anymore. More TV shows and movies are about superheroes, fantasy and science fiction than in recent decades.

So how do you sort through which superhero movie is Marvel and which is DC? And what does that even mean? Media Medusa is here to help! We’ve put together some 101-type blog posts to help you figure out what’s going on in geek entertainment.

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Superhero Movies

Are you wondering if you should bother watching Captain America: The First Avenger before seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron? Or, are you worried if you see Wonder Woman before you see Man of Steel you’ll be confused? We’ve got you covered! These guides will help you geek out the easy way.

Marvel Movie Timeline – Find out which movie to watch first, and which ones you can skip. (Examples include Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man)

The Avengers Assemble

The Avengers Assemble

DC Movie Timeline – Find out which movie to watch first, and which ones you can skip. (Examples include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman)

Ben Affleck as Batman in 'Batman v Superman' / Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck as Batman in ‘Batman v Superman’ / Warner Bros.

TV

We’re working on an easy-to-use guide for superhero TV shows (there are so many!), but in the meantime, we recommend these reviews and articles to get you started with the most popular genre TV shows.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – A Marvel TV show on ABC that dovetails with what’s going on in their movies. Lots of action, some sci fi, and even some super powers. Rated TV-14.

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - ABC's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson and Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May. (ABC/Bob D'Amico)

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson and Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

Arrow – This is probably the darkest superhero show on a major network during primetime. The Green Arrow is a tortured soul, so a lot of episodes explore what the “right thing” really is, like killing someone or just putting them in jail? Definitely TV-14, even though it’s on at 8 p.m.

Pictured: Stephen Amell as Green Arrow -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

Pictured: Stephen Amell as Green Arrow — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

The Flash – A CW show that stars the Flash, who is a good guy, through and through, even when he’s fighting villains with powers. Has a lot of messages about family, friends and greater good. TV-PG, occasionally TV-14.

The Flash -- "Rogue Time" -- Image FLA116B_0142b -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Flash © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Gotham – Don’t be fooled by the title. This FOX TV show is more about James Gordon, who starts out as a detective but rises through the ranks of the police, than it is about Batman. Sure, Batman’s there, but he’s Bruce Wayne as a child. Lots of great Batman villains, though. Leans toward TV-14 at times, but most of the time probably PG.

GOTHAM: GOTHAM traces the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and starring Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” “Collateral”) and Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”), GOTHAM follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. GOTHAM will air Mondays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) this fall on FOX. Pictured: (L-R) Sean Pertwee and David Mazouz. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX

GOTHAM ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX

Once Upon a Time – An ABC TV show that stars characters from fairy tales and classic novels. It’s full of magic, romance and hope. Dear God, the hope! Rated TV-7.

ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC/Jack Rowand) LANA PARRILLA

Supergirl – Pretty self-explanatory. This CW TV show is a gauzy, superhero-lite look at Supergirl, her superhero friends and a bunch of alien villains. TV-PG, occasionally TV-14.

Did you see Perd Hapley on Supergirl?

Supergirl ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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