You know what? It’s great that people do care that much. They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about ‘em a lot. And it’s incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie’s all that matters. -Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck had said what I was always saying. Except more well put. But I believe I know why (even though it is kind of obvious) superheroes and civil heroes have become more popular over the years. The Greeks had their mythology. The Romans, the Vikings Well, here goes....
Hitler became Chancellor of Germany on January 30th, 1933. That was when his iron fist and reign of terror began. He spread terror across Europe with his Nazi party. Concentration camps held Jews and other peoples that opposed him. The world watched in horror and trembled at the might of the Nazi killers. America viewed this in agony, many people wanted war. Things went dark in the world and Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The US finally declared war on December 8, 1941.
War films were shown in theaters and war campaigns spread across the US. Heroes of the war were praised and villains were mocked and hated. The villains (Nazis) were pure evil. The heroes were average people saving lives. People saw this and thought that the world needed some happiness in all this chaos. Pop art was formed and lively dance music and everybody was trying to think happy thoughts. Books with fun and exciting plots were written. There was always the element of heroism and villain ism and human physical extremes (Nazi experimentation and nuclear bombs) so eventually, the spark of a new era in entertainment started.
The first American superhero comic that was released was Action Comics #1 which was the debut of Superman in June of 1938. Superman personified everything that was good. The perfect being. One who fought for what was right. He was popular from the start. He had powers, good (symbolic) looks, good morals, and great story and depth. Many people thought it was a good idea, so they created more, and more, and more heroes or villains everyday.
Comics became more popular and stuck even after the war. Movies came around and people started to make them. None of them ever really became popular. People just weren't into TV yet. So many years past and the internet came about. People became more risky and X men was released in 2000. That sparked the tv superhero craze. Then came the sequels, Spider man, Superman, Batman, Fantastic 4, Punisher, Daredevil, Blade, Hulk, and Ghost Rider. Then the real stuff started to happen. Iron Man was released in 2008 and started what we now call the MCU. This sparked the interest even more. Then Avengers came out and the whole world was hooked. The Amazing Spider-man started coming in, MCU and X men continued, Fantastic 4 is going to be rebooted, Man of Steel starts the DCCU, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is soon to hit theaters. The world just exploded with superheroes. It was a superhero enlightenment.
Movies were not the only things that enlightened. We have a full Hero Enlightenment. Ideas have sparked from the humanitarian deeds of superheroes. Liberalism could be very well linked to superheroes. Charity became more mainstream and more people began to fight for what's right and not sit down and cry. Phoenix Jones took up the superhero thing to the max. He became the most famous masked vigilante yet. Some people called him a weirdo, some a lunatic, others dangerous. Wait a second? Where have we heard that from? Like every freaking masked vigilante in comics have faced this problem.
I believe that we, as humans, need a symbol that we can rely on to protect us, rally us, and save us. More people should to the good hero deed. It doesn't have to be a masked hero but any kind of hero. A soldier, a business person, a celebrity, a political figure, etc. It would shape the future for the better.
Messages. We live in an age of digital messages. Messages can be sent through many ways. Letters(is it still a thing?), news networks, tv shows, movies, books, magazines, comics, interviews, speeches, your own voice (didn't you know you could do that? :O), and of course, this website we call Moviepilot. Now, the characters themselves are messages. Captain America, politics. Spider man, puberty. Iron Man, filthy rich life. Thor, humbling. Hulk, control. Black Widow, secrets=0 trust from friends, Nick Fury, busy life. Loki, jealousy. Every character embodies an element of daily life in all cases. They are people to base our morals off of them. Its a way to make us feel better in this dark world.