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Suburban Super-Spy: Ethan Hunt as Middle Class Ideation

Thomas Ward- In Media Res

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Suburban Super-Spy: Ethan Hunt as Middle Class Ideation

  1. 1. BOND vs TORETTO vs HUNT
  2. 2. ANCESTRAL MANSION IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
  3. 3. BESPOKE 3-PIECE by $6,000.00 US and he's got a whole closet of 'em
  4. 4. That's $17 million in chips! → He romances Supermodels ←
  5. 5. HE HAS A BETTER CAR THAN YOU (only 10 of these were ever manufactured)
  6. 6. THIS IS THE ONE HE DRIVES WHEN THE OTHER ONE IS IN THE SHOP
  7. 7. ICONICALLY BRITISH (Unto itself, this does not connote wealth or social status, but it does underscore the point that he could never be a symbol of Norman Rockwell's America.)
  8. 8. WORKS WITH HIS HANDS
  9. 9. WEARS A NAMETAG
  10. 10. CAN'T EVEN AFFORD SLEEVES
  11. 11. DRIVES PRODUCTION-LINE CARS Except for this IRL Super-Car, which he Stole and then Destroyed (WHICH HE THEN HEAVILY MODIFIES)
  12. 12. THE MOST RACIALLY DIVERSE ENSEMBLE OF HEROES IN MAINSTREAM CINEMA
  13. 13. DRESSES IN A MANNER APPROPRIATE FOR COVERT OPS (Seriously, have you ever seen James Bond wear body armor?)
  14. 14. CHASTE & FAITHFUL HUSBAND → FIGHTS for HIS FAMILY ←
  15. 15. COVID SAFETY COMPLIANT! (True, this is extra-textual, but Tom Cruise is so inextricably linked with the character that his actions cannot avoid being conflated with those of his on-screen alter-ego)
  16. 16. For the price of James Bond's Suit You can have 35 of Ethan's jacket. MSRP $170 + Tax From
  17. 17. EXACTLY THE SAME DEGREE OF DIVERSITY AS THE SOURCE MATERIAL … from 1966
  18. 18. OH, THE SYMBOLISM!

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