Megan McKay

Megan McKay

MPA grad student. In real life an enthusiast of film, television, theater, performing arts and literature; truly in love with all good writing, especially the humorist essay.

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    Megan McKay

    I agree. I know this will not apply to the whole audience, but I do think it explains why people with very little interest in superhero characters can enjoy a superhero movie. But I don’t doubt that many people go for the action sequences and could not care less about the characters.

    Why We Love Superhero Films: The Humanity Behind the Mask
    Megan McKay

    I think there is also a lot to be said for the characters who surround superheroes and how they respond to the superheroes themselves. Like Pepper Potts. She’s a regular human and she deals with Tony Stark and she does all these great things without any superpowers. She would not be defined as a superhero, but she is still a remarkable person. There are many characters like her: Rachel Dawes, Aunt May, Martha and Jonathan Kent.

    Perhaps the best representation of this is Phil Coulson. He is not a superhero but is probably the best example of an ideal human because of his selfless actions throughout the Marvel movies and in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Superhero characters are held above everyone else and highly admired, but they are also surrounded by non-super heroes who help to keep them on track. There is value to be found in those characters as well. This article totally ignored that aspect of the stories, but I believe that those regular human characters have just as much value, if not more than the heroes themselves.

    Thank you for your response!

    Why We Love Superhero Films: The Humanity Behind the Mask
    Megan McKay

    Thank you! I have an idea for an article about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will do nothing to contribute to DC, but I haven’t seen much of Gotham yet. Soon, I hope.

    Why We Love Superhero Films: The Humanity Behind the Mask
    Why We Love Superhero Films: The Humanity Behind the Mask
    Why We Love Superhero Films: The Humanity Behind the Mask
    Megan McKay

    Thanks! I think this argument could apply to most if not all of the superhero movies I have seen.

    Why We Love Superhero Films: The Humanity Behind the Mask
    Megan McKay

    Good point, I didn’t even think about the politics of it all.

    That makes me like superheroes more! They don’t care who you vote for.

    Why We Love Superhero Films: The Humanity Behind the Mask
    Megan McKay

    I think that’s what they’ve done to these characters to make them more accessible to a wider audience. I’m all for old-timey untouchable superheroes but I do not relate to them on a human level. But give me Christopher Nolan’s Batman and I’m in awe (and in love). His courage in the face of everything can provide such strength because he is so much more relatable, even as a billionaire.

    Why We Love Superhero Films: The Humanity Behind the Mask