As Cinematic Doctrine works our way through reviewing Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we couldn’t help but bring back Caleb to talk about Iron Man 2, which at the time of release was the highly anticipated sequel to 2008’s total breakout film, Iron Man.
Caleb hails from The Polymath Roundtable, a semi-weekly Christian podcast that produces bite-sized reviews and topical discussions on all sorts of media. Some episodes he is talking about movies, other’s he’s discussing books, and at other times he’s looking at video games. It’s well-rounded and often balanced pursuit makes for easy listening on your daily drive for when you need some good Christian thoughts on all kinds of topics.
And with Caleb’s return, we eagerly looked forward to talking about the divisive Iron Man 2. Right off the bat, we start talking about how our thoughts on the film don’t seem to be the same as everyone else’s. In fact, we both really enjoyed Iron Man 2. And this led to a great discussion on enjoying something that’s not only divisive but has a difficult history, as those who followed the production of Iron Man 2 may recall. The Lord kept us on that topic as we question the value of using products that come from a problematic history, or engaging media produced by people whose sin has been made public.
It may sound like we get a bit off track, but I implore you to keep listening because I think it’s the kind of discussion we should be having. Looking at the history of the media we watch is as important as the media we watch.
Iron Man 2 is Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language. It features Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, and Clark Gregg. Directed by Jon Favreau. Iron Man 2 is available on Disney Plus.
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Caleb Young is a remarkably short giant, or maybe a very tall hobbit, who hosts the weekly Christian podcast The Polymath Roundtable where he discusses culture and entertainment media of all kinds. Books, games, movies, and music are all on the roundtable!