Daredevil, Captain Mal, & Charlottesville

Mal NaziWould Daredevil share information about Nazis? Would Superman or Captain Mal? How would our heroes react to Charlottesville and what can that teach us? What questions would they ask, and which should we?

Starting this week, recent guest Jacob Milicic joins us as co-host! Be sure to welcome him to the conversation.


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Which heroes do you think would get on board with sharing information on those who go to Nazi marches, and who would object? Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! You can find us on TwitterFacebook, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

Hero in a Wheelchair- The Defenders Spoke for me as a disabled person

Matt Chair 210 minutes into Defenders ep 1, and Matt just became the disabled superhero I’ve been waiting for.

-very mild spoilers ahead-

This is Matthew, founder and host of this site. If you’ve been listening or reading for a while, you know that representation in superheroes is an issue I care about deeply.  Yet, as a disabled person, I rarely see myself on screen in superhero stories.  Instead I’ve been frustrated as we get character after character who has a disability, but also has some superpower or tech or other way of making their disability irrelevant.  Daredevil can ‘see’ through his other senses better than most sighted characters, Felicity has tech that makes her as mobile as anyone else on Arrow- heck even Yoda turns out to be a total badass when he throws away his cane and starts fighting.


Iron Ethics

Iron ColleenWhat ethical issues did Netflix’s version of Iron Fist raise, and what did they sidestep? Paul and Matthew share their views on the show, on the questions it raised and the ones they wish it had explored further. They also ask, who do we point the finger at when a part of an extended universe goes off the rails?


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What did you think of Iron Fist? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

A Strange Discussion

doctor-strange-city-bending-179855Paul is back and joins Matthew for a discussion of the new Dr. Strange movie. They dive deep on questions of identity, the emergence of magic in the MCU, the nature of hubris, the lack of strong asian characters, and the power of nonviolent confrontation.




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What questions did Dr. Strange raise for you? Let us know! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook.

V for Dystopia


evey-vThis week, Paul and Matthew are joined by Logan Grendel, who talks with them about V for Vendetta, dystopian stories, and the ethics of violence. (It all ties together, we promise!)

“Dog man” Logan Grendel is a writer, artist, and activist born and raised in New York City. He is also a lifelong fan of comics, fantasy, and dystopian tales of all kinds. His own photo/graphic novel creation Harlequin’s Song was completed in 2006, and has never seemed more timely.


Urban Dog Care NYC is Logan’s dog-walking business and main source of dog stories, about which you shouldn’t ask unless you have several hours to spare. For a brief, humorous look at his findings, read his new book Putting Paws to Pavement.



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What else could they do?

superman-trainThis week, Paul and I go deep on a listener question and ask if there are other, or even better, ways that superheroes could use their powers besides fighting crime. Could Superman solve the energy crisis or climate change?  Is stocking the Bat Cave the best way for Wayne to use his fortune to improve Gotham? And with so many superheroes so dedicate to fighting crime in each of their own particular cities– who is looking out for the suburbs?  Tune in for these issues, and more!


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Part 2 of our Podcast on Luke Cage & Identity

luke-cage-bulletsIn this episode, Paul and I finish our discussion of the issue of identity in superheros, focusing on the first episode of Luke Cage along with related questions of identity and race in the  upcoming Dr. Strange and Iron Fist.


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Who are the heroes that you see yourself in? Let us know in the comments below!

Podcast: Luke Cage & The Role of Identity, Part I

luke-cage-bulletsWith the launch of Luke Cage, we talk about identity politics and the signficance of a black, bulletproof, hero in today’s world.

We had a lot to say about the topic, so this is part 1 of 2.

Contains spoilers for Luke Cage episode 1, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Supergirl and other MCU and DCU properties.


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What role do issues of identity have in your enjoyment of superhero TV/movies? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter!


Mortal Kombat- The Reality of Fighting without Killing

(This post contains spoilers about the combat styles and some plot details of Daredevil, Captain America, Oliver Queen/Arrow and the Agents of SHIELD)


Imagine this conversation.  A few friends come by and tell you that they’ve started spending their nights fighting crime. You express some concern, and one of the re-assurances they give you is that they never kill the bad guys, just knock them out. Ok, you ask, well do you do that? So they start telling you about the guaranteed non-lethal forms of combat they employ, like…  (more…)