Wolverine vs Captain Kirk

star_trek_2009_movie_poster_111Over the last two weekends my best friend Chris and I have seen two hero movies.  The first was Wolverine, which we hated.  The second was Star Trek, which we loved.  We disagree a lot on movies, so this is a rare event.  We’re sitting at a coffee shop discussing the heroes of each story and can only conclude we actually only saw one hero.  Here is our blog post.

The hero is Captain Kirk.  Here we see a man possessing wisdom and the willingness to act regardless of the consequences.  The first example of his heroism is on the mining drill where, without hesitation, he jumps off to do whatever he can to save Sulu.  This lack of hesitation is shown repeatedly throughout his story.  Kirk’s instinct for what’s right gives him the confidence to act.  The man that comes off as cocky is truly confident because he knows what’s right.  That’s wisdom.  Barry Schwartz spoke about wisdom at TED this year.  Click to watch it here.  It is wisdom that tells Kirk that going to a meeting to decide what to do next isn’t going to help.  Wisdom tells you that if the right thing to do is contrary to the rules or societal norms, you do it anyway.

official-wolverine-posterWolverine spends the movie avoiding heroism.  His motivation is selfish vengeance.  When provided an opportunity for heroism at the beginning of the movie, when he recognizes the group of mutants he is working with is doing the wrong thing, he simply walks away.  When presented with a situation that we know is wrong, we have three choices.  Do nothing, join in, or fix the situation.  Wolverine does nothing.  It is only when his girlfriend is apparently killed that he decides to act.  This action is not aimed at fixing the bad thing he knows is happening, it is simply based on his grief or need for revenge.  Even at the end of the movie when he appears to do something heroic by rescuing a group of imprisoned mutants, he does so without any risk to himself.

The ultimate problem with the Wolverine movie was that the hero’s journey was not completed.  At the end of the journey the hero is supposed to have learned and changed – becoming the Master of Two Worlds.  The character that we’ve spent ninety minutes with ends as a blank slate – his memory erased.  What lessons can we learn from such a story?  Star Trek showed Kirk begin on Earth, go on a journey in which he changed, and return to earth.  Kirk learns the importance of responsibility, listening to advice, and of compromise.  And so do we.

6 Responses to Wolverine vs Captain Kirk

  1. Qwerty November 30, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    they are both soooo hot<3

  2. Gertrude December 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    I go for Captain Kirk because he is so delisious. OMG he is on fire and he’s less hairy!

  3. sandra December 31, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    supeure cool comme photo

  4. Omar Aviles April 11, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    Ok bad example kid, the worst idea, Captain GOOFtrop, vs wolverine? how can you compare the two.
    OF course wolverine isn’t a Hero, he is a “mutant” sick of all the violence in his life and wants a normal Man’s life. I’m tak’n Wolverine’s side because the rest of the posy, seems to go with the Prince CHARMING guy, He didn’t want any Part of the Massive Genocide striker was doing to other mutants. and FYI he did risk his life DEAD pool his enemy at the end could of taken both Wolverine and Saber-tooth out because he had the same Abilities as cyclops, and Wolverine. So if it was up to Logan, i’m sure he’d give his life any day after being through all those wars, and living through all his loved ones death, because he never ages.

    If captain Charming was in wolverine’s position that kid would have tak’n his life or become a drunk just like he was when he first started, pal.

  5. Matt April 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    Thanks for your thoughts Omar. I’m not sure I agree that Wolverine was heroic, simply because his actions were self-oriented.

  6. omar aviles April 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    true. guess I made a fool of myself.