Synopses & Reviews
Can a reformed criminal become a superhero?
What are the military ethics of the Kree-Skrull war?
Is Hank Pym morally responsible for Ultron's behavior?
Can Kang really go back in time and kill himself?
Can an android love a human?
Avengers assemble! Confronting your most essential philosophical questions about Earth's Mightiest Heroes, this powerful book will vanquish any confusion you may have regarding the many issues and conflicts involving your favorite band of superheroes and their crime-fighting adventures. Enlisting the help of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers including Aristotle, John Locke, and Immanuel Kant, this book tackles the dilemmas no single great philosopher can withstand, whether in The Avengers comics, film, or animated television series. Armed with the insights and reflections of these formidable minds, you'll understand Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the other members of Marvel's all-star superhero team as never before, no matter where the quest for justice leads them next.
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An engaging look at the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Avengers assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' all-star superhero team.
- Arms you with new insights into the characters and themes of The Avengers
- Deepens your appreciation both of The Avengers comics and the Joss Whedon movie adaptation
- Answers the philosophical questions you've always had about Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including: Can a reformed criminal become a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his wife, is he still a hero?
- Helps you think differently about the members of the superhero team—Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the others
This thought-provoking book will help you understand this band of superheroes better, whether you've followed the Avengers for years or are a Joss Whedon fan just getting to know them.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Earth’s Mightiest Philosophers
Part One. What Would an Avenger Do?
1.”Superhuman Ethics Class with the Avengers Prime”
Mark D. White
2. “Shining the Light on the Dart Avengers”
Sarah Donovan and Nick Richardson
3. “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Family”
Jason Southworth and Ruth Tallman
Part Two. Who Is an Avenger?
4. “Superhero Identity: Case Studies in the Avengers”
5. “I am Made of Ink: She-Hulk and Metacomics”
Roy T. Cook
6. “The Self-Corruption of Norman Osborne: A Cautionary Tale”
Part Three. Should the Avengers Do More Than Avenge?
7. “Forgivers Assemble!”
Daniel P. Malloy
8. “God, Beasts, and Political Animals: Why The Avengers Assemble”
9. “Cap’s Kooky Quartet: Is Rehabilitation Possible?”
Part Four. Do the Avengers Ever Go Too Fat?
10. “Fighting the Good Fight: Military Ethics and the Kree-Skrull War”
11. “Secrets and Lies: Compromising the Avengers’ Values for the Good of the World”
Louis P. Melançon
12. “The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Problem with Proactive Superheroics
Part Five. What Kind of World Do the Avengers Live In?
13. “Can Kang Kill His Past Self? The Paradox of Time Travel”
Andrew Zimmerman Jones
14. “No Other Gods Before Me’: God, Ontology, and Ethics in the Avengers’ Universe”
15. “Love Avengers Style: Can an Android Love a Human?”
16. “The Way of the Arrow: Hawkeye Meets the Taoist Masters”
Mark D. White
Appendix. Why Are There Four Volumes of Avengers?
Contributors. Avengers Academy
Index: From Jarvis Secret Files