Inspired by this dumb Bari Weiss piece in the NY Times Opinion section about the “Intellectual Dark Web,” I re-imagined how such a piece would look with key villains from the Marvel Universe (and Star Wars).
"Thanos has been ostracized in mainstream circles for his controversial position on how half of all life should be snuffed out, but on the Intellectual Dark Web, there is a vital conversation going on with a group of people who believe he is a voice that needs to be heard." pic.twitter.com/8qK3USUhZo— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 8, 2018
"The Red Skull hosts a weekly coffee klatsch with his fellow intellectual outcasts, where his outre ideas are in the mainstream. 'I like being able to let my hair down and talk frankly about possessing the tesseract and killing Captain America,' he told me." pic.twitter.com/eY0wjc8wHX— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 8, 2018
"Like the others in this growing intellectual movement, Loki isn't easily defined by 'hero' and 'villain' labels. He fluidly flips between the two worlds, and the mainstream media has a hard time addressing others like him." pic.twitter.com/GqLAwqV43t— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 8, 2018
"Some within the circle grimace at their ongoing association with Emperor Palpatine. They view his role in the mass slaughter of Jedis as too much of an overt exercise in bigotry. While others argue that it isn't their role to impose moral boundaries on the Intellectual Dark Web" pic.twitter.com/8foFqKiHwp— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 8, 2018
"There aren't many women in the Intellectual Dark Web – most of the men think they have cooties – but Hela cites her role in inciting Ragnarok on Asgard as evidence that the coming revolution has no defined gender." pic.twitter.com/ObJyKLqiP6— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 8, 2018