Recently the United States Congress has passed a law that mandates all podcasts to do an episode on Infinity War (Disney’s pernicious influence, no doubt).
So for this episode, good patriot Danny Anderson is joined by Nathan Gilmour and Kristen Filipic to discuss the biggest superhero movie of them all. Why is it that this movie has struck such a powerful chord with moviegoers? What are the theological questions it asks? What does death really mean in this universe? Plus, Pope Francis makes his way into this one!
When Marvel Studios pulled the coup that belatedly brought everyone’s favorite web-slinger into its Avengers-heavy universe, fans cheered. Danny, a life-long Spider-man fan was elated and couldn’t wait to talk about the movie for the Sectarian Review Podcast. Nathan Gilmour of the Christian Humanist Podcast rallied to join in for this podcast, which for various logistical reasons is finally being released about 6 months after it was recorded. So our show may not be timely, but have a listen anyway!
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Big Reveal! Why is the Christian Humanist Podcast called “the Flagship?”
Leaving the origin story behind. Nod to Ultimate and a recruitment story. Reworking mythologies.
Spoiler Alert!!! Sorry it’s late.
Donald Glover is also Childish Gambino, Anderson.
Salon.com goes behind a paywall (You pay with your soul)
Spider-man as a local rather than a global hero
Damage Control (an Easter egg for Gilmour)
The philosophical ramifications of withholding the “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” origin story.
Aristotle on greatness
Tony Stark as neoliberalism with arms and legs
Michael Keaton. Stunt casting at its finest.
The Vulture gets an origin
Vulture as a parallel to Tony Stark
Tony Stark as techno wizard with no production-line
Vulture in a gritty warehouse as a quasi-revolutionary
DC as myth/Marvel as material
What motivates the Vulture?
The suburbs implicated in the Vulture’s crimes
Solving problems in the city WITHOUT DESTROYING THE CITY
Where does Homecoming rank in Spider-man films?
Oikos and Idolatry in Spider-Man: Homecoming - Christ and Pop Culture
Recorded live at the 2017 Mount Aloysius Charity Comic Con, Danny is joined by Wayne Wise for a discussion about the history, ethics, and thrills of children in horror. Focusing on the recent remake of Stephen King’s It and Stranger Things, the conversation covers the many ways that children have inspired and consumed horror films. How do children defy rationality? What does Capitalism have to do with this? Why the current rabid nostalgia for the 1980s? All this and much more.
Introducing Wayne Wise
History of children in horror
Children possessing special knowledge that adults don’t have
Mythology, fairy tales, and horror
Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew, too
The horrors of the 1970’s
The 1980’s as an adventure-filled wonderland
It and the search for community
The problem of depicting violence against children
Stranger Things unexpected success
Conspiracy Theory’s hold over our imaginations
The sanitization of contemporary children’s entertainment
Wayne’s book, King of Summer
The enduring allure of King Arthur
Danny’s theory of the “pre-modern”
The moral function of violence
Questions from the audience:
Adam Walsh and America’s Most Wanted?
Stand By Me?
Taboo and subliminal fear of women?
Info about Wayne Wise and his work
Danny’s essay about Christians watching It