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 my 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 that the Marvel Age began in 1962 with the FF, 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 too. Studies have shown conclusively that higher educational attainment has a direct correlation to earning power.One of the surest ways for a country to become better economically is to improve its human capital by focusing on education.