Jane the Worthy: Revisiting Jason Aaron’s “Thor” Arc

In this episode (welcome to season 6 by the way) Sam and Brian revisit Thor: Love and Thunder, this time focusing on the character of Jane Foster. We both felt the film left a lot on the table regarding Jane and her worthiness to be Thor, and a dive into Jason Aaron’s Thor series reveals so much more about her struggles with faith and ultimately her worthiness. She serves as a great counterpoint to both Gorr the God-butcher and Thor Odinson. Even if you’re not a big Thor reader, this comic is well worth your time. Plus we talk about resonances with the story of Jesus, and Brian still questions why Sam hasn’t watched The Umbrella Academy.

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Brian and Sam discuss Thor: Love & Thunder along with the hefty theological question of where is God in the face of suffering? While Love and Thunder is distinctly a comedy, it still touches on the deep topics of theodicy, suffering and meaning – though it’s less than perfect. We discuss the distinctions between the film and Jason Aaron’s source comic run, how we answer questions about suffering, and how we struggle with faith when those answers aren’t forthcoming or acceptable. Plus, we sing a little They Might Be Giants.

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Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness: What Makes a Villain?

Brian and Sam discuss Dr. Strange 2 and places we have to reckon with notions of heroes and villains. We have an interesting discussion about the grounds of our moral choices, and how even heroes have things they need to repent of. Brian especially is interested in the perspective of virtue ethics versus consequentialist ethics in Dr Strange’s choice to use the Darkhold to stop Wanda, and Sam draws a parallel to the current problems in the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Blessings and Whoa’s!

This week, Sam and Brian take a break to discuss two new geeky things they’ve loved and one they haven’t. We talk Fantastic Four comics, Star Trek, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, Station 11, and Netflix among other things. What’s a blessing and what’s a whoa? Gotta listen to find out!

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Steve to Sam, Clint to Kate – Passing the Mantle

It’s an extra special episode with two of our favorite people, Janel Baker and Rev. Shayna Watson! Inspired by our discussion of the Hawkeye series, the gang gets together to talk about the topic of “passing the mantle” in comics, movies, academia and the church.

Discussed:

  • the nuances and complexities of passing the mantle(s) in Thor
  • THAT batsuit
  • choosing the mantle vs. being chosen for the mantle
  • Michael Keaton’s eyes
  • comparing the prophet Samuel to Tony Stark
  • choosing new voices in academia
  • accepting the mantle without losing your identity
  • how do congregations pass the mantle of leadership well?
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The Matrix: Resurrections

Brian and Sam review the newest addition to the Matrix series, The Matrix: Revelations. The original trilogy drew a lot on biblical issues and themes, does this movie follow on those same themes? What does it have to say about the nature of identity, how we see ourselves and how God sees us? How have our discussions of reality changed since 1999? And … was Brian wrong about something?

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