Hi, I'm Nat Parsons. I've a degree in writing from Liverpool John Moores University, and am currently a fan of Captain America.
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The prequels/origins stories: Do they need to stop?
I was reading this article here: (link)
Origin stories (mainly superhero films) have a very natural structure that go something like: Hero has noble heart, but is overlooked and downtrodden by some kind of embodied big bad (For Wolverine it was his dad, for Spiderman it was life and school bullies.) Hero undergoes change – could be anything, a freak accident/a spiderbite/a traumatic event that unlooses latent powers and suddenly hero’s world is changed enough to be freed from the embodied big bad.
It’s a structure we can all relate to. But we have had a great many origin stories through remakes, flashback scenes, then prequels, then more remakes (Fantastic Four!). Have we had enough of them yet?
The article said something about heroes are ‘best defined by the origin story that made them who they are.’
I think that’s an untrue statement – partly because I believe what makes heroes who they are is how they use their powers and the adventures they have afterwards/how they are tested. I would like to move beyond the prequel story.
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