As the world slowly shakes off the chill of COVID-19, what’s the surest sign that things are getting back to normal? Superheroes are in bloom.
Wonder Woman 1984 hit theaters (and HBO Max) in April. Disney+ has been awash in characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Black Widow—arguably the highest-profile film postponed because of the coronavirus—is just a day away from release, coming both to theaters and to Disney+ (via a $30 premium charge for the latter).
For this podcast, the Plugged In team straps on its collective cape, strikes a particularly powerful superhero pose and talks about Black Widow—what we liked about it, what we didn’t, and just where it fits into Marvel’s ever-growing cinematic universe. But we don’t stop there, of course. We opine about superheroes in general, and some of the deeper issues that we can suss out of these quintessentially American stories.
If you’re a superhero fan, this episode’s for you. And if you’re not, you just might smile, laugh and learn something anyway. Up, up and away! (Oh, and check out our closing questions, and links to everything we talk about below.)
- Gift of Any Amount Offer: Burning Bush 2.0 by Paul Asay
- Questions for Conversation with Your Child:
- What character(s) did you connect with and why? Who do you most relate to?
- Who do you think acted the most heroically in this story, and why?
- What character qualities do you think are most important in a hero?
- How can you, either individually or as a family, make a difference for someone in need somewhere in your world this week?
- Interaction question: If you could be any superhero, who would it be and why? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram, which you’ll find at Pluggedinteam.
- Plugged In Review: Black Widow
- Plugged In Review: Superman Returns
- Plugged In Review: Man of Steel
- Plugged In Review: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- Plugged In Review: Sky High
- Plugged In Review: The Fantastic Four
- Plugged In Review: The Fantastic Four (2015)
- Plugged In Review: The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
- Plugged In Review: WandaVision
- The Plugged In Show Episode: “Episode 64: What’s the Deal With WandaVision, Anyway?”
- Plugged In Blog: “What WandaVision Tells Us About Our Own Realities”
- Plugged In Review: The Avengers
- Plugged In Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Plugged In Review: Avengers: Infinity War
- Plugged In Review: Avengers: Endgame
- Plugged In Blog: “The Avengers Get Judge-Mental”
- Plugged In Blog: “Those Sinful Superheroes”
- Plugged In Blog: “Avengers: The Spirituality Behind the Superheroes”
- Plugged In Review: The Incredibles
- Plugged In Review: Captain Marvel
- Plugged In Review: Iron Man
- Plugged In Review: Iron Man 2
- Plugged In Review: Iron Man 3
- Plugged In Review: Wolverine
- Plugged In Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- Plugged In Review: Logan