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Superhero Ethics

A weekly TV and Film podcast featuring Matthew Westfox
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We continue our series on the ethics of AI by diving into Wargames, game theory, machine learning and the ethics of treating warfare as a game.
Rounders has long been one of Paul and I's favorite movie, so its fitting we're covering it for our 200th episode! We talk about poker itself, why this movie represents it so well, and all the ethical questions poker and the movie bring up. Ne
Sometimes our podcast episodes are born out of careful planning and deliberation- and sometimes the stinger of one episode shift into a whole new conversation and we're recording a new episode (while continuously saying we just want to make one
Space: The Final Frontier. The Frontier has been an essential part of America's mythology from the beginning. It has led to exploration, adventure- and all the problems wrapped up in seeing 'undiscovered country' as a land where no white man h
Comic book nerd extraordinaire Jessica Plummer joins us to talk about ethical questions in She-Hulk, episodes 1 and 2. Does Abomination have a case? What's the importance of Jennifer having such a different relationship to being a Hulk than Bru
What would Uncle Ben think of She-Hulk not wanting to be a hero? Does she prove him wrong? Matthew Carroll on the MCUCast talked about an episode of this podcast where we discussed the question of great power and great responsibility and asked
Where is the line between Canon and Continuity? Who defines canon, and what role does headcanon play? Paul and I dive into these questions.
PopCultureRabbi joins me to discuss the theology of Thor: Love & Thunder. What makes Gorr so relatable? Can a God who allows suffering be called good? What is theodicy, and how does this movie approach that question? No religion or theologica
Can we find ethical questions to discuss in HarleyQuinn Season 3? Hells yes! Emily Cissel joins us, and Abby Neiman makes her first podcast appearance!
Does a single champion define a martial arts style? Do the high school, we have to fight it out, antics of Cobra Kai make more or less sense among adults? And can Paul and Matthew really find a way to connect Ip Man 4 and Cobra Kai 4?We love fe
Stranded Panda regulars Emily Cissel and Zuhair Ali join me to talk Ms. Marvel & Representation.Zuhair Ali is one of the hosts of the Animation Deliberation Podcast, podcast dedicated to discussing and celebrating the best action focused anima
Andy Nelson, of the Next Reel and Marvel Movie Minute joins me to discuss Thor: Love & Thunder. We get into the questions the movie raised, the ones we wish it explored further and why one of us really enjoyed it, and the other- not so much.We
Matthew takes a rare day off as Ashley, Paul, and Mark talk about the final two episodes of the penultimate season of Stranger Things. (Season 4, episodes 8 and 9.)Mark Garkusha is a podcaster and voice actor, including on Cast Die Podcast "if
What will it look like to bring the X-men into the MCU? How does the mutant framework change in a world already used to superpowers? Do we need to keep the Prof X/Magneto conflict, or are their other paradigms to explore? X-men X-pert Miles Sto
D&D podcaster and expert Mark Garkusha joins Ashley and myself to talk Strange Things Season 4 (1st half?) Mark Garkusha is an actor, voice artist, writer, and lifelong nerd. You can find him on instagram and twitter as @markdmitri and his D&D/
Paul and I talk about the value placed on human life at different ages, in our own society and that of the stories we love. Is the death of a child more tragic than the death of an adult? Does a story need to show us a child in danger to estab
We're talking about The Boys, season 3, Episode 1, with Matthew Carroll and Ashley Coffin. Check out the PandaVision podcast for our coverage of every episode of Season 3 of The Boys.We love feedback! To ask questions or let us know what you th
Lets talk celebrities- or more specifically, why is everyone else talking about celebrities. Is there a trial of some kind going on, and should it impact how we feel about Aquaman 2? Why does the name Kathleen Kennedy evoke such strong feelings
Mental health played a big part in Moon Knight, and we brought in an expert to talk about it. Saron Bryan, LCSW, returns to the show and joins Paul, Will, and myself, to talk about dissociative identity disorder (DID), how the show portrays it
Catherine Rae joins us to discuss the Twilight story, its toxic understandings of relationships, and her reading habits at age 14. We talk about why these books and movies are both so toxic and so popular, the ways we dismiss the things that yo
We're wrapping up our coverage of Moon Knight, and talking about Episode 6! With Paul and WillThis episode is made possible in part by Manscaped!Get 20% OFF + Free Shipping with promo code HEROETHICS at MANSCAPED.com!
We're diving into some heavy topics as we talk about Moon Knight, episode 5!This episode is made possible in part by Manscaped!Get 20% OFF + Free Shipping with promo code HEROETHICS at MANSCAPED.com!
Is The Batman a Hamlet story? The Joker an Iago? I’m joined by Austin Tichenor (he/him), artistic director of the award winning Reduced Shakespeare Company as we talk about the Bard’s approach to villains, and storytelling in general, and how w
Will joins Paul and myself to talk about episode 4 of Moon Knight!This episode is made possible in part by Manscaped!Get 20% OFF + Free Shipping with promo code HEROETHICS at MANSCAPED.com!
Our long road to Gotham has come to an end- we're talking about The Batman! Paul and I talk about the nature of vengeance, the relevance of this version of the Riddler to our own world, and ask the age old question- is this our Batman?This epis
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