Episode 471: Spider-Man: He Who Came Home

On the Overthinking It Podcast, we tackle Spider Man: Homecoming.

Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, and Matthew Wrather overthink Spider-Man: Homecoming, analyzing the reboot of the friendly neighborhood web-slinger in terms of its spacial relationships (rise above!), its geographical and class dynamics, its coming of age story and moral universe.

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7 Comments on “Episode 471: Spider-Man: He Who Came Home”

  1. Margo #

    I have not yet seen the current iteration of Spiderman as I am afflicted by Superhero fatigue. But I did like the Chloe Reference.

    Academic treatises of 24 (there are a few) sometimes describe the Chloe archetype as the modern version of the telegraph operator in classic western movies. A traditionally but not exclusively female role, albeit a very important role. (See also: nurses)


    • Matthew Wrather OTI Staff #

      Links pls? You can’t just say “Academic Treatises on 24” on this website and not share


    • Tim #

      Until you mentioned 24, I assumed you were referring to Smallville when you were talking about “the Chloe” being the appropriate terminology for “the man in the chair”. Totally works either way.


  2. jamie #

    Great podcast as usual. A couple of thoughts:
    On the difference between Tony Stark’s and Toombs’s leadership style: you brought up a number of differences, but also it’s clear that Toombs came up through the ranks, as he is on the job site regularly, and even once he moves into the theft/gun-running business, he continues to have an active hand in the commission of the burglaries. To the extent that he takes on the greatest personal risk. Contrast with Tony Stark, who even when faced with the catastrophic failure of his plans that resulted in Age of Ultron, continues to rely on automation (drones) and delegation (Happy) to complete high-value and complex tasks that should be handled personally.

    When I was discussing the pod with my wife, who is a freelance bookkeeper, I mentioned Mark’s comment about municipal contract procurement and the jurisdictional issue that came up, and she had a different take: she figures that Toombs must not have done a government job before, or he would have had a “default payment on cancellation” clause in his contract. At least then he would have been protected from out-of-pocket expenses and given some lead time to find other work for his crew.


    • Matthew Wrather OTI Staff #

      As someone who is completely about that 1099 life, I agree: The kill fee is so important. From both sides of any deal.


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