The website “Science and Religion: Today” asked me: Do superhero movies make us more or less fearful of transhumanism?” The question came as a follow up to my bit on the Avengers and transhumanism. Money quote:

Superheroes stand alone, or at least stand apart, from society. Their abilities and strengths are so far beyond that of the average human that they are burdened with an obligation to become heroes. That’s what Spider-Man is about: With great power comes great responsibility. A super-villain is someone who shirks that responsibility and either neglects or abuses their powers. And since there are often hundreds of villains for every hero, what does that tell you about how we perceive enhancement in general? Superheroes, in general, portray enhancement as a gift for the few, usually by accident, and often with negative or amoral consequences.