Wednesday the 25th:
Robertson, “Sorcerers and Supermen,” in Religion and Science Fiction
Read this essay first, and pay close attention to Robertson's claims. Do you think it is useful to think about superheroes as modern equivalents of mythological gods? What about robots and aliens?
Of all the recent superhero movies, Thor best illustrates Robertson's thesis, since it is literally about gods who descend to earth in the midst of an epic battle. As you watch, take notes on key moments and important dialogue. Pay attention to the way that "science" and "magic" are discussed throughout the film. Be sure to bring your notes to class. Thor is available on Netflix- here's the link.
*Note: if you are low on time, fast forward through the gratuitous and formulaic fight scenes. They are awful.
Looking forward to your comments below!