Psych Geeks: 'Black Widow' And Marvel's Next Phase Of Cultural Influence
Marvel returns to the multiplex this weekend with the release of the long-awaited "Black Widow," starring Scarlett Johansson.
It's a big step not just for the business of Hollywood, but also the outsized role of comic-book movies in our culture.
To dissect all this, WGLT brought back the Psych Geeks. They are Eric Wesselmann and Scott Jordan, both psychology professors at Illinois State University.
In a conversation with WGLT's Ryan Denham, the Psych Geeks talk about:
- Finally exploring Black Widow's complicated past, and leaning into her intersectionality as a uniquely non-American Avenger.
- How the Marvel Cinematic Universe is playing a more sizable role in conversations about representation.
- Marvel's pivot to high-budget television series, including "Loki," "Wandavision," and "Falcon and the Winter Soldier."
- Monoculture, religion, and having a common story.
Listen to the full conversation using the PLAY button above. You can also listen to past episodes with the Psych Geeks.