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On the New Season of STARTALK, Whoopi Goldberg Wants Middle-Aged Superheroes

The National Geographic Channel just announced that season 3 of the Emmy-nominated StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson will premiere on Monday, Sept. 19th at 11 p.m., with Whoopi Goldberg as the featured guest. In keeping with the show’s philosophy of allowing celebrities to let their geek flags fly, Tyson doesn’t necessarily steer the topic to his specialty of science, and in this clip, Goldberg definitely strays from that. Like many of us, she wants to see more diversity in superheroes, but if you thought she was going to appeal for more female and black characters specifically, you might be surprised. No, what Whoopi wants to see in a super hero, more than anything, is a “50 year-old ass.” And being immortal, Dr. Manhattan presumably doesn’t count.

Tyson, who points out that superheroes don’t need muscles if they have powers, agrees but is barely able to hold himself together. It’s quite the kickoff for a season that will also include Ben Stiller, Robert Kirkman, Herbie Hancock, Michelle Gomez, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, NOAA head Kathy Sullivan, and many more.

May we suggest The Incredibles, Ms. Goldberg? It’s animated and stylized, but it never shies away from certain very middle-aged aspects of its patriarch’s physique. There is a sequel on the way, so maybe we’ll see more peers of the Incredible family succumbing to the re-shaping that time does to all our physiques.

Would you be onboard for a superhero with a typical dad- or mom-bod? Who would you like to see play one, if so? Jog down to comments and give us your gut reaction.

Featured image: National Geographic Channel

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