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Gavaler, Chris und Nathaniel Goldberg: "Dr. Doom’s philosophy of time." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.4 (2017), S. 321–340.
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BibTeX citation key: Gavaler2017
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Keywords: "Fantastic Four", Naturwissenschaften, Philosophie, Superheld, USA
Creators: Gavaler, Goldberg
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
People who contemplate the nature of time on conceptual grounds are philosophers. Although not usually counted as philosophers, the writers, artists and editors of Marvel Comics are nevertheless philosophers in the operative sense. In the pages of their comics, Marvel creators explore, investigate and hypothesize the realities and properties of time – including eternalism, presentism, the growing block view of time, branching time, and timelines as alternative universes (created or found). Unlike traditional philosophers, however, Marvel creators are not always explicit about the implications of their illustrated thought experiments. Instead, we are in their place. We trace conceptual contemplations about the nature of time in Marvel’s first two decades by focusing on stories involving Dr. Doom’s time machine, the plot device that established the trope of time travel in Marvel continuity. Doing so illuminates just how sophisticated Marvel’s stories are, philosophically. We begin in the early 1960s when Marvel introduced Doom’s machine, consider a series of subsequent stories involving the device, and conclude with the philosophical time-travel challenges facing the rebooted All-New, All-Different Marvel of 2015 and beyond.
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