Spider-Man As An Alien Archetype

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Is there no more iconic pop-culture symbol than the head of Spider-Man? This theoretically arachnid visage, coupled with the Superman “S” logo, has practically defined the superhero genre.

But: what archetype is the Spider-Man head design supposed to evoke? Because surely, it looks nothing like that of an actual spider:

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Jumanji 2.0: Are Our Avatars Realer Than We Are?

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If you haven’t seen the 1995 movie Jumanji, you probably should. I can describe it best as a true “children’s horror movie,” despite the fantasy elements. Basically, a child gets sucked into a jungle-based game, disappears off the face of the Earth and lives in another dimension for like a long time, and then returns as a haggard traumatized adult. Meanwhile, all the scary stuff from the game—mostly animals, but also a crazy game hunter—enter “our” world through the portal (and that’s exactly what it is, a portal) of the game board itself.

Now that I’ve described the original Jumanji to you, let’s move on to the upcoming (reboot?) Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

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The Metaphysics Of Lego

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With these simple building-blocks, you can create an entire universe; you are only limited by your imagination. That’s the central premise of the widely-popular Lego franchise of toys, movies, and videogames. It is a world populated by something akin to the idealized forms of Plato; where anything (vehicles, people, droplets of water) can be replicated by infinite combinations of a set # of pieces.

Lego—especially now that much of it has made the “jump” from actual physical plastic pieces to uncanny replicas of such in the digital realm—is like a blueprint not only of the underlying structure of our reality, but where reality as we actually know it might be heading in the future.

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An Alternate History Of Jack Parsons, Part 2: The Beast And The Geek

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When I ordered the hit on you, I was worried that I was killing the golden goose. But, you see, it was just fate that you survived it, leaving one last golden egg to give. You really think that just because you have an idea, it belongs to you? Your father, he helped give us the atomic bomb. Now what kind of world would it be today if he was as selfish as you?
–Obadiah Stane, “Iron Man”

I. THE BEAST AND THE GEEK

The very best scenario—if you are so inclined—is that you are the “New Messiah.” The second best scenario is that you are the exclusive prophet of the New Messiah.

A far more troubling scenario is one in which you are the prophet of the New Messiah, but consider him to be somewhat “beneath” you—you consider him to be a punk, a nerd, a neurotic, a weakling, somebody unworthy of the title.

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Sometimes, The Batman Chooses You

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So it wasn’t all for nothing…
—The Gray Ghost, “Batman: The Animated Series”

There is a trope in some modern Batman comics (such as Darwyn Cooke’s Batman: Ego and the Legends Of The Dark Knight “Shaman” storyline) in which a type of eternal/universal “Batman” archetype/thoughtform exists outside of Batman himself. A “primal” Batman. An “idea” of a Batman. An “ur-Batman.”

It is my belief that these archetypal entities such as “ur-Batman” sort of…”choose” who will represent them. I don’t think they always get “rights of first refusal,” certainly (I mean…just the entire Batman and Robin movie fiasco)…but they do seem to have a “say” where it matters the most; where it is most crucial.

And I believe that this is what happened to actor Adam West, who passed away recently at the ripe old age of 88.

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What Is Happening To Jim Carrey?

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Mind you, I’m not saying anything bad happening to Jim Carrey—but something is happening. Or perhaps more accurately, already has happened, has been in the process of happening for a while.

His recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live—showing off his epic beard—left some a little bit perplexed. This new Carrey seemed relatively quiet, introspective—and had apparently formed a significant amount of distance from “the character” Jim Carrey:

Don’t get me wrong, Jim Carrey is a great character, and I was lucky to get the part. But I don’t think of that as me anymore.

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