Superhero

Ep 93 – Stan Lee’s Soapbox

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Stan Lee was a great story teller, but he never hid his strong convictions, or his desire to use the stories he told to give people a new way to think about the issues of his time. Nor did the writers of Black Panther, Avatar the Last Airbender, Star Wars, or so many of the shows we love.

Matt and Jeff are back, and we had a great episode on the ethics of Star Wars planned- but with all that has been happening in our world in the last week in terms of the killing of George Floyd, and all that has happened since, we just felt like it was important for us to address that.

So today we’re talking about what it means to be a fan, and a content creator, in difficult times, and how the stories we are such fans of help shape our understandings of violence and authority and racism and cops and everything else. 

#Blacklivesmatter

Article on Black Panther and allyship that Matthew Westfox mentioned

 

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Ep 92 – Was Uncle Ben Wrong? Great Power & Great Responsibility, with Matthew Carroll and Jeff Randle

What did Ben Parker mean when he tells Peter the famous words about power and responsibility, and do we agree with him? Who decides who a hero is responsible to, and what for? Can believing in the responsibility that your power gives you lead you to become a villain?  Matt and Jeff of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast join us to discuss these questions and more!

 

Important announcement: In partnership with the MCU Cast and all the great folks at the Stranded Panda Podcast Network, we are kicking off a review drive! Reviews are the best way to help this show grow- it moves us up the lists on Itunes and the other podcast services, gives more people a chance to find us, and join the conversation! We’ve got big goals, but we need your help!

If you write a 5 star review of Superhero Ethics) between now and Sunday June 7th, you’ll be entered into a raffle. At least one of the review writers for Superhero Ethics will win their choice of an MCUCast or Superhero Ethics T-shirt! Every review will also enter you into a drawing with review writers for other Standed Panda shows, with the winner getting a free copy of the Avengers video game, coming this fall. You only have to write a sentence or two, but make it a real one- simply writing “I want the shirt” sadly doesn’t help.

The easiest way to write a review is to search for this podcast on Itunes, but you can write a review on any podcast host that uses them. Just be sure to let us know by emailing superheroethics@gmail.com if you do something other than Itunes.

And remember, even if you don’t think we don’t deserve 5 stars,we’d still love a review, so we can learn more about what we are doing well and how we can improve.

 

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Ep 75: Is Batman on Tinder?

Batman DatingThis week, we are joined by special guest Morgan Wentworth as we discuss the ins and outs of superhero dating! Should heroes only date other heroes? What are the problems with trying to ‘protect’ your love by making decisions for them? And why do so many superheroes gaslight their love interests in order to protect their secret identity?

Morgan Wentworth is a long time gamer and a soon to be librarian. For more from her, check out morgantriesinsta on Instagram and Mtgvalkyrie on Twitter

 

 

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Ep 60: Batman AND Superman

Bat and SupeThe Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Why do we tell so many stories about the two of them together? How do their approaches to justice differ, and why does that matter? Do they work best as enemies, allies, or in their own worlds? Special guest Jessica Plummer joins Jacob and Matthew to discuss these questions and more!

 

 

 

 

Jessica Plummer lives in New York and loves Superman very very much. You can listen to just how much on her Superman podcast, Flights and Tights (http://flightsandtights.libsyn.com/). She also writes about comics and books in general at BookRiot.com (https://bookriot.com/author/jessica-plummer/). Find her on Twitter @jess_plummer.

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Ep 56: OMG, Daredevil Season 3

Jacob and Matthew are just a little excited about the upcoming new season of Daredevil. They dive into some of the questions they hope to see explored in this new season, such as did time in prison change Wilson Fisk, why was Veronica such an important character, and will we see more of her, and why Matt’s faux death at the end of Defenders bothered us so much.

 

 

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Ep 53: Jessica Jones, S2

Trish & JessicaJacob and Matthew explore the second season of Jessica Jones on a number of levels, looking at the decisions of both the characters and the writers. How should the law treat someone like Alissa? What responsibility does Jessica hold for her mother’s actions? How do we view Trish’s actions, and the writers decisions to put such conflict between her and Jessica?

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Ep 50: Don’t Make me Turn this Podcast Around

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Here it is, our 50th episode! All three hosts, Paul, Jacob, and Matthew, come together to re-examine some of our favorite questions and discussions from past episodes. We talk about the Joker, different ways of understanding violence, when heroes can or should kill, humorous vs. serious portrayals of heroes, and plan for the eventual ascension of our robot overlords.

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Also of note- we were a bit punchy for this episode. It led to a great, and funny, discussion, but also a few slips of the tongue- including Matthew’s references at various points to “Chris Kapernick” and “Stuporman.” Please forgive those errors.

Here are the podcast episodes we referenced:

Ep 3: Suicidal Villains: Suicide Squad and the Nature of Bad Guys.

Ep 4: Vengeance!  Exploring Desperado

Ep 10: Killing President Luthor

Ep 19: Why so Serious? The Joker

Ep 24: Logan on Logan

Ep 33: Ethics of our Robot Overlords

Ep 39: Thor and the Value of Fluff

Ep 50 (ish): What is a Hero?

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What makes someone a hero? Does it matter if they choose their path is chosen, or it is assigned to them? Does a hero have to have something terrible happen to them, to inspire them to become heroic? And which villains come the closest to being heroes in their own right?

 

To celebrate our 50th episode, we got all three hosts, Paul, Matthew, and Jacob, on the line to look back at some of our past discussions. Unfortunately, there were technical issues, and we lost a lot of that conversation. We will be trying again soon, but meanwhile this is a shorter teaser episode, in which we look at the question that underlies so much of this podcast- what is a hero?

 

Stay tuned for a full version of our 3 way conversation coming as soon as we are able to re-record it. (And all learn when to hit the record button!)

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Ep 48: Who Watches Superman

Justice_League_Kingdom_Come_001Should the heroes who enforce justice, also decide what is or isn’t just? Where are the lines between heroism, vigilantism, or just using your powers to do what you want? And does great power actually come with great responsibility, or is that too much to ask of people just because they have powers?

In this episode, Jacob and Matthew use Kingdom Come, a fantastic 1996 run of Superman comic books, as a jumping off point to dive into these questions and more. This episode explores questions around justice, power, religion, law enforcement, and accountability, in the superhero world and our own. And while the books are amazing, (and find-able online!) you don’t have to have read them to appreciate this conversation.

 

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