Hayden is a Researcher at the University of Oxford and PhD Candidate at the Australian National University. His research focuses on ethics and decision theory. @HaydenWilko
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What should the Marvel heroes have been doing to really improve the world?
Superheroes are supposedly motivated by compassion for others and a strong sense of duty. Given this, you’d expect them to do more with their powers than just punch evildoers into submission – there are loads of problems in the world that superpowers could really help with e.g., natural disasters, famines, disease, climate change, poverty, lack of energy (I’m looking at you, Tony Stark), etc. So what else should the Marvel heroes have been doing offscreen? What does that say about the characters if they weren’t doing those things? And why is it that screenwriters/comic book writers don’t think to build this into the fictional world – is it just lack of imagination?