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Loki

God of Mischief and the God Who Knows: Loki 1.1, “Glorious Purpose”

Loki wants—as we all do, to some degree—to believe he has a “glorious purpose” he determines for himself.

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Superheroes Television WandaVision

What a Mess! WandaVisionEpisode 5 and the Doctrine of Sin

Episode 5 of WandaVision not only hints at exciting changes for the Marvel universe but also captures the complicated nature of sin.

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Superheroes WandaVision

Sharing the Stage with “Real Persons,” Not “Characters”: Reflections on WandaVision, Episode 4

WandaVision goes mega-meta with its fourth episode, “We Interrupt This Program,” and raises questions about empathy’s importance.

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Superheroes WandaVision

Review and Reflections on WandaVision, Episode 3

I try to avoid reading others’ reviews of WandaVision until I’ve thought through my own reactions. But I did see an online headline complain the show, in which each episode (so far) is styled and staged as a sitcom from a different decade, isn’t actually all that funny. I agree—it’s not. I think it holds […]

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Television WandaVision

Review and Reflections on WandaVision, Episodes 1 & 2

(Contains minor spoilers for the first two episodes of WandaVision) Want proof not all superhero stories have to feel formulaic? Watch WandaVision, the first original MCU content to hit Disney+. It’s not quite clear exactly what this limited series is, but in its own way its as much a departure from Marvel Studios’ previous productions […]

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Movies Superheroes Wonder Woman

WW84 and Praying for Salvation from the Status Quo

The most intense conflict Wonder Woman faces in “Wonder Woman 1984” is internal, and familiar to us all: Can we bring ourselves to wish for others?