Tony Stark

Ep 49: Do we Trade Lives? The Ethics of Infinity War

*** SPOILER WARNING *** Even our show notes have spoilers

IW PostIs Cap’ right to claim “We don’t trade lives?” Could Thanos have been stopped if our heroes made different choices? What role does hubris play when heroes don’t want to make tough choices? And how much of an idiot was Peter Quill?

In this episode, Jacob and Matthew dive deep into the questions that came out of Avengers: Infinity War, exploring Thanos himself, the various ways the Avengers tried to stop him, and our hopes for where things go in the coming movies and TV shows.

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Note- We recorded this episode live again, which led to a great discussion, but also caused some sound issues. Jacob did a heroic job cleaning things up, but we know it is still not up to our normal standards. Please know we are aware of that, and and are taking steps to ensure we return to our normal quality in upcoming episodes.

A Stark Look at Iron Man

TonyMCU (2)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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Matt Carroll is one of the co-hosts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast. You can find them on any podcast platform by searching for MCUcast. Matt is also a musician. Check out his band, Matt Carroll and the Browncoats, and keep watch for their first album, coming soon!

Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? Let us know! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

(Note- due to some recording issues, we have flipped the planned order of this and our next podcast. So although we say this is episode 37 in the intro, it is episode 36.)

 

 

Buffy & the Apocalypse

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This week, Matthew talks with special guest Dr. Katy Valentine about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the idea of apocalypse in the stories we love.  We talk about the show and some of the questions it raises, especially in the character of Anya, before diving deep into the idea of the apocalypse as a plot device. Katy gives us some background on the term and its origins, and we talk about the questions raised by a potential end of the world.  How much can we bend our principals or values to stop the end of the world? We focus on Buffy, but also talk about stories where similar questions are raised, including both Avengers movies.

 

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Katy is a New Testament scholar and a pastor with with a love for exploring how ideas with biblical roots, such as apocalpyse, are played out in pop culture. Her book, Sex, Slavery and Self-Control in 1 Corinthians, will be published soon by GlossaHouse. Katy is also the founder of Agápe Harp, bringing healing to others through harp music.