My kids and I were talking over the lunch table about how a mere undergraduate degree does not seem to be adequate these days. It was good enough for me and for my wife but times have become increasingly more competitive and I exhorted by two children to aspire for at least a master’s degree; a doctorate would not be unwelcome.
The topic having been introduced I decided to stick to the message but veer into more interesting waters. Specifically I pointed out an incident in the pages of “Superior Spider-Man” when Doctor Octopus pretty much went ballistic when he learned that Peter did not even have one doctorate. And here was Otto Octavius with seven.
Marvel always did like brains, I pointed out to my children. Tony Stark being the most obvious example. Reed Richards was another one. At this point the discussion went off topic a bit as I bewailed the obscurity of Richards vs. Stark and all because Fox owned the rights to the FF. I pointed out the the Marvel Age began with the first family in 1962, even before Spider-Man.
Back to Doc Ock. I made the observation that, when Spider-Man’s foes decided to form a group it was the most educated – Doctor Octopus – that became the natural leader.
How many times have we seen Stark, Richards, Pym, Banner, and, to a lesser extent Parker and Morbius forming an illuminati-like brain trust. A nexus for further adventures.
I find it satisfying that Marvel keeps repeating the message: Education leads to great things. And it does to. Studies have shown conclusively that higher educational attainment has a direct corellation to earning power. In Economics, one of the surest ways for a country to become better economically is to improve its human capital by focusing on education.