Episode 26: Captain Marvel
Julian Chambliss joins us to talk about the recently released film
Captain Marvel premiered this weekend as the first female-led superhero film from Marvel Studios and Disney. Despite some efforts to sour the ratings on sites like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, the movie had an impressive showing at the box office. By Monday, the film grossed almost $455 million in ticket sales. Captain Marvel is rumored to be one of the next leaders of the famed Avengers squad and her character development creates a new role for female characters in the Marvel Universe.
This week, Julian Chambliss, English Professor at Michigan State University and comic book aficionado, joins host Chris Robichaud to discuss Captain Marvel. We tackle both what Carol Danvers portends for the Avengers storyline as well as what her cultural significance is as the leading female superhero to grace the silver screen in the most popular superhero universe (sorry DC Comics, but let’s be real).
🚨 SPOILER ALERT: Host Chris Robichaud has already seen this movie (twice!) and the episode contains spoilers. If you haven’t already seen Captain Marvel, listen at the peril of your movie-going experience.
This Week in Dystopia | Captain Marvel | Episode 26
Tune in for a review of the film and discussion about the cultural significance of Carol Danvers as the first Marvel…
This Week’s Guest: Julian Chambliss
Julian C. Chambliss explores the real and imagined city. From planning and community development to comic books and popular culture, his research, teaching, and writing explore how perceptions shape policy and action creating our collective urban experience. Like most Floridians, Julian was not born in the state. His true origin remains shrouded in mystery. We know that his quiet demeanor and glowing character guided him through childhood.
Once freed from high school, he embarked on an undergraduate education at Jacksonville University highlighted by an early inability to pick a major. After some trial and error, he discovered that history was both stimulating and enlightening through his experiences in the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Program. Having completed his undergraduate work with honors in history he went on the University of Florida. Immediately he decided that urban history was the only logical course for historical study and focused his attention on policy formation, culture, regionalism, and civic infrastructure issues. His research evolved to focus on urban development and culture in U.S. cities.
Chambliss served as Professor of History in the Department of History at Rollins College from 2004 to 2018. He joined the Department of English at Michigan State University in the Fall of 2018. With a joint appointment in the Department of History and as core faculty in Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Initiative he teaches courses exploring critical making, comics, and culture in the United States. As a teacher-scholar concerned with community, identity, and power, he designs generative digital projects that use the classroom as a platform for students to act as co-researchers to trace community development, document diverse experience and explore culture. He has been recognized for his community engagement work with a Rollins College Cornell Distinguished Service Award (2014–2015) and Florida Campus Compact Service Learning Faculty Award (2011). Chambliss is one of the producers of “Every Tongue Got To Confess,” a podcast exploring the experiences and stories of communities of color.
Dr. Chambliss serves as a member of the steering committee for HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and as a national planner for the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities.