Cultural Characteristics Of Super Hero Movies

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The hero enters the scene, plunging towards the ground with a shockwave or breaking down a door with a satisfying crack, invincibility emanating from their confidently defiant demeanor. Can you pinpoint what movie this is from? This description can apply to most, if not, all super hero movies. Super hero movies are easy, simple, and satisfying. While films such as The Dark Knight have the capability to be didactic and complex, the typical narrative for most hero-flicks are uninspired and repetitive. Not only are these movies immensely successful, but they allude to a more salient issue: complacency. Most modern art forms are candidly unsophisticated whether it be through mediums such as film, music, literature, or art. In no way am I condemning all super hero movies, they are enjoyable in moderation. However, the soulless and formulaic construction of recent artistic developments displays an ominous future for human creation. The fundamental backbone of a super hero movie is nostalgia, or the roots to a childhood spent collecting and reading comic books. Super heroes have such a widespread cultural influence that their legacy is on a comparable magnitude to the gods and heroes of Greek mythology. Super hero movies, and various other blockbusters, depend on intertextuality, or as defined by Merriam-Webster: “the complex interrelationship between a text and other texts taken as basic to the creation or interpretation of the text” (“Intertextuality”). In other words, the
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