This week, I’m joined by special guest Matt Carroll as we take a deep dive into the character of Tony Stark. What responsibility does he hold for Ultron, and what lessons has he learned? Did he have a point in Civil War? And is mentoring Spiderman his way of working out his daddy issues?
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I’ve had an up and down relationship with Agents of SHIELD over its last 3 seasons. The show has had its rocky moments, especially in the first half of the first season (though it gets a lot better in re-watch when you know Agent Ward’s trajectory), and there have been times when the Russian doll nature of Hydra always having a deeper mission has been frustrating. But overall it has become one of my favorite superhero shows, and one that has provided a lot for this blog to chew on. As I get ready for the premiere of season 4 this week, I wanted to go over some of the ethical questions the show has raised and the ones I’m hoping to see further explored in the coming season.*
What is the role of government oversight in a world where people have superpowers?
My twitter feed this morning told me that new revelations about Star Wars VIII explain Rey’s origins and connections to the Jedi. I was also invited to take part in discussion and debate about these revelations, and what they mean about Rey’s character, Luke, the Jedi, and anything else you can think of.
All of this for a movie that won’t hit theaters for another 17th months.
Compromise where you can. And where you can’t, don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right, even if the whole world is telling you to move. It is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say, no. You move.” Sharon Carter (movie)/ Captain America (comics).
It’s a great speech, isn’t it? It’s the moral core of Captain America’s argument of why he refuses to go along with government regulation of the Avengers. I’ve heard many people quote it, and I can understand why.
But now imagine those words spoken by President George W. Bush.
I spent Friday and Saturday at the awesome Wiscon, and have had a bunch of thoughts bouncing around in my head ever since. Some of them may develop into full posts of their own, but for now I’m going to do a bit of a brain dump, highlighting some of the great things I heard and the thoughts they inspired.
I’m going to try attribute as many of the ideas as I can, but I wasn’t able to catch the names of all the great people I met or heard present, and I don’t want to quote people by name without their specific consent. Anything in italics came from someone else, and anything I’m claiming as my own was likely more inspired by others than I’m giving credit for. Similarly, most of the italics are paraphrases from memory, so any mistakes or misquotes are my own fault.