The world is a marvel. Or is it that the world is now Marvel? Are we so branded by superhero culture that real people are performing comic supervillain roles? It’s hard to say no if you look at North Korea, which is making The Interview look more and more like a revelation. Kim Jong Un seems too absurd to be true. CNN quoted the Dr. Strangelove-esque leader in recent coverage of North Korea’s missile testing:
Kim praised the test as a “miraculous achievement” and said his country is capable of producing this type of missile. This missile was a “time bomb which will go off on the backs of our hostile enemies at any time,” he added, the KCNA report said.
“Go off on the backs of our hostile enemies at any time”? That’s some Bond-villain shit right there (sorry to mix together so many “evil” characters in this short blog post, but this guy is too bonkers to reduce to a single type). How do you develop a worldview where saying this is not only okay but imperative? It’s not like this is an unprecedented declaration. He’s got plenty of historical models from which he can derive his tyranny. And not to excuse his behavior, but at least he’s transparent with his intentions. America, meanwhile, covers its insidious tracks with the most optimistic (delusional?) ideology on the globe. I’m not making an argument here for moral equivalence, but I am pointing out that we’re not exactly angelic in our international or domestic orientation and operation. Plus, as a nation, we were pretty much saying the same thing as Kim Jong Un, only about Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.
Anyway, pretty terrifying stuff, but sadly, nothing new. In fact, it’d be strange if this weren’t news. Thanos and his quest for the Infinity Gauntlet? That’s mankind’s history, not Marvel’s story.