e276. Old Heroes Never Die! (But Do They Even Fade Away?)

There’s a lot of roles for old guys in media these days. Or rather, not just roles for old guys, there’s a lot of roles for characters that we’ve seen grow older in their movies and TV shows. For instance, there’s an Indiana Jones movie floating around theaters at time of recording, as well as a Secret Invasion TV show staring Nick Fury and the recently completed Picard series. And there’s perhaps the most constant currently realtime-aging character on television, Olivia Benson of Law & Order: SVU. This is not a new development, after all, Gunsmoke starred James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon from 1955 until 1994 and it’s a common occurrence on daily soap operas. On this week’s episode, Wayne and Mav are joined by returning guest Marcel Walker to talk about the significance of watching a character age onscreen over the course of several decades. Plus, Mav’s brief no spoiler reviews of Barbie and Oppenheimer! Listen and let us know your thoughts and if you have any good examples that we missed.

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  1. One variant on the subject I’m surprised you didn’t bring up Mav, pro wrestling. It might not be exactly the same thing, except for the occasional retirement storyline it’s rare that the storyline itself is about aging, but there is something to be said I think for the way an Undertaker in the early 90s told a story through the moves he used, pacing, etc and the way the Undertaker in the late 2010s told his story through his moves, pacing, etc. Or Flair, or Michaels, Edge currently, etc. I definitely see at least a passing similarity there.

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