Heroes

Do we need SHIELD?

Luthor_Was_RightIf aliens and superpowers were real, would we need SHIELD? Are Lex Luthor and Amanda Waller right to be scared of Superman? Why do government agencies dealing with powered people have to be secret? Paul & Matthew cover these questions and more!

Special thanks to our listeners who sent in questions for us to discuss on the podcast.

 

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Logan on Logan

LoganShould heroes be clean cut and re-assuring, like Cap’, or messy and troubling, like Wolverine?  Returning guest Logan joins Matthew for a discussion of the movie Logan. They talk about the movie’s portrayal of violence, the power of pride in overcoming stigma, the death and renewal of hope, the danger of putting heroes on pedestals, and the lessons we can take from Logan to our own world, especially in this current political moment.

 

 

 

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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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Is Magneto Right?

DoesMagnetoIs Magneto a villain, or a hero? Can we agree with his goals, even if not his methods? How does the fight for mutant justice echo similar discussions in our own world? Paul and Matthew talk about Magento and the X-men movies, up to and including the recent, Logan.

 

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Logan: The Realities of Superheros.

Logan(Contains Spoilers for Logan)

I tend to get strange looks when I tell people I wish superhero movies were more realistic. I don’t mean I need the powers to be more realistic- striving for scientific plausibility in the chemical concoctions and alien tech that makes our heroes so powerful always seems like a fool’s errand.  The realism I long for is in the characters themselves. My favorite stories are about people with incredible powers dealing with the same emotions and realities of any of the rest of us, navigating how those superpowers do, and don’t, change the experiences of love, hate, fear, anger, violence and conflict that we all deal with.

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Writing Heroes

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This week, special guest Robin Gee joins Matthew to discuss balancing ethics with story as a writer. They talk about Robin’s webcomic, Pin Porter, as well as Supergirl, Calvin & Hobbes, and Lord of the Rings.

 

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Robin is a maker of comics, designer, illustrator, and sometimes writer with a strong interest in social and environmental justice. She co-creates the webcomic Pin Porter: Girl Detective, makes short comics to put on the internet, and occasionally writes about comics for Panel & Frame. She lives in Madison Wisconsin with too many books and not enough cats.
You can find her on twitter, read her webcomic Pin Porter, or read her comic shorts.

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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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This is How we Eat: Ethics in the Zombie Apocalypse. By Guest Author Jeff Nelson

survive* This post contains spoilers about The Walking Dead, Season 6

I’ve been a fan of the zombie genre for years now. I think I can trace my fandom back to when my wife gave me a copy of The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks for Christmas; an incredibly detailed introduction to what causes zombieism, the characteristics (including strengths and weaknesses) of such creatures, and strategies for seeking refuge, choosing weapons, and what essentials to carry with you from one location to another after society has become overrun.

The brilliance of this book lies in the serious tone with which the author approaches creating his universe. He maintains an earnestness throughout, whether describing the most effective ways to neutralize a threat or how to assess the best options to set up camp for a while. He completely commits to the narrative, and paints a thorough picture of a world in which you need to see everything around you in a certain way in order to survive.

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Why I’m Going to see Ghostbusters-Sexism and the Value of Popcorn Movies

Ghostbusters NewTomorrow I’ll going to see the new Ghostbusters movie, and I want to talk about how I decided I was going to. This is less of an essay with a point and more of a personal narrative, but it’s one that taught me a lot, and I hope can offer some insight to others.

It started a few months ago, when I was going round and round with a lot of conflicting thoughts about whether or not I would go.  Let’s review for those playing along at home:

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