If 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!
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What makes a hero? Should our heroes be paragons of virtue we strive to be, or flawed people we can relate to?Who are our heros in real life, and how are our ideas of heroism changing, on screen and off?
Matthew discusses these questions and more with special guest Adam Hulse, focusing in particular on Spiderman, Batman, and Superman.
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This 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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Should Superman kill President Lex Luthor? What should superheroes do when supervillains are elected by the people? Tune in as Paul and Matthew do their best to get themselves on an FBI watchlist by exploring these questions and more- along with a surprise guest appearance half way through!
Contains spoilers for Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and episodes of The Justice League.
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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?