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The Plugged In Show, Episode 160: Lurching Toward Transcendence & Avatar: The Way of Water


Some say that the best things come in small packages. But it seems as though Marvel missed the memo.

Oh, the Marvel Cinematic Universe started relatively small with Iron Man. It focused on dastardly terrorists and corporate malfeasance, and all the action stayed well within the Earth’s [HA1] atmosphere.

But the stakes of the typical MCU movie have gotten bigger since then. It’s not enough for a given supervillain to take over the world these days: He’s got to pose a threat to the galaxy. Or the universe. Or … every universe?  

This week on The Plugged In Show, we talk about Marvel’s cosmic scope creep and what it all means—narratively and spiritually.

And speaking of spiritual narratives, Adam and I discuss James Cameron’s return to Pandora in Avatar: The Way of Water. We promise that our conversation won’t leave you high and dry.

So take a listen and chime in with your own marvel-ous thoughts. What do you think about the MCU’s godlike heroes and villains? And will The Way of Water equal the original Avatar’s success? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram, or via email at [email protected].

And, of course, click on the links below to read more about everything we talked about.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

One Response

  1. -Just a nitpick; the thing with Kang in Loki isn’t really a spirituality thing, it’s another multiverse thing. The Kang appearing in Antman is not the same Kang, he’s from another universe, like with the spidermen in No Way Home