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Do we Trade Lives? The Ethics of Infinity War

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Even our show notes contain spoilers.

Is Cap right to assert, “We don’t trade lives”? Could Thanos have been stopped if our heroes had made different choices? What role does hubris play when heroes are reluctant to make tough decisions? And just how much of an idiot was Peter Quill?

In this episode, Jacob and Matthew dive deep into the ethical quandaries that arose from Avengers: Infinity War. They examine Thanos himself, the myriad strategies the Avengers employed to thwart him, and their hopes for the direction of the forthcoming movies and TV shows.

Note: We recorded this episode live again, which led to a dynamic discussion but also resulted in some sound issues. Jacob did a heroic job with the editing, yet we acknowledge that the audio quality is not up to our usual standards. Please be assured that we are conscious of this and are taking steps to ensure we return to our normal high-quality in upcoming episodes.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.