No, not what you think. My summer has been pretty shitty. I haven’t accomplished any of the things I had hoped as of yet. The one thing I have done this summer is watch a lot of superhero movies (and shows). I’ve decided to catalogue my viewing experience like I have with other movie genres in order to analyze them and discern some kind of moral.
So, this summer I have watched:
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 2
- Captain America
- The Incredible Hulk
If you haven’t guessed, my brother and I are working toward The Avengers, which we will get around to seeing…
- I also watched The Hunger Games (and read the books) and Snakes on a Plane, which aren’t superhero movies but each strongly relate to the themes in superhero movies.
- I just started season 3 of Heroes
Other superhero movies I’ve seen include:
- Batman Begins
- The Dark Knight
- I think I saw Spider-man? Or parts of it?
- The Incredibles
- Push (in that they have superpowers)
- Is that really all the superhero movies I’ve seen? That’s sad.
So far, one of the biggest themes I’m seeing (other than the whole “use your powers for good not evil” thing) is the concept of humanity and whether some people are more important than others. Is it okay for one person to die in order to possibly save 5,000 in the future? Are there some people who are so important that it’s worth 1, 2, maybe even tens or hundreds of people dying to protect them? These are questions that the superhero movies I’ve watched this summer haven’t answered (Marvel has been a bit shallow and one-sided with morality), but these themes emerge in Heroes, Snakes on a Plane (it was a stupid movie but it may have been deeper than expected), The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, LotR, etc… and even in real life. Is there not an endless supply of Secret Service agents who would take a bullet for the president?
But that brings me to my biggest question: If there really are some people in this world who are worth protecting more than others, how do we decide? And where do each of us fall in this hierarchy?