There was a time not very long ago that I just didn’t understand all of the hype around the superhero movies. I didn’t read comics, I didn’t purchase superhero paraphernalia, and I didn’t watch superheroes on television or the big screen. Don’t get me wrong, I had seen some superhero TV shows (Justice League cartoon, anyone?) and had even seen a Spiderman movie and the original X-Men trilogy. I even at one point purchased the X-Men trilogy when it was on clearance several years ago…and then proceeded to never even take it out of the wrapper. I know this basically amounts to admitting treason, but I just have to be honest. I didn’t get the hype. And then I joined Sister Geeks…and I was totally clueless every time they decided to talk superheroes. And I hate being clueless about a topic everyone else knows about…even more than I hate jumping on bandwagons. So my desire to be able to participate in these conversations planted the seed in my mind that I needed to really catch up. And since FX airs a superhero movie just about every other day, it wasn’t too long before I had seen a good majority of them. (Just in full disclosure, I am working on Marvel right now and have not started DC yet.) Once I opened that window, I haven’t been able to close it. Now I anxiously await the next installment just like millions of other fans. Honestly, I didn’t think that I would get sucked in to the Marvel Universe, but I did. Below are some reasons why:
- I didn’t have to read the comics to understand what was going on. And I rarely ever watch anything without reading the story first. But with there being so many comics, I knew it would be unrealistic. So I jumped right in, and I am so glad that I did. I’m able to follow along with the storyline great, and not worry about anything that may be different from the comics. I have definitely still asked a few questions of my fellow SG’s, but for the most part, the comics do not even play a factor into my fascination with the movies.
- I love being immersed in a fandom. I love being in this other fantasy world. It’s the main reason I read so much and enjoy things like Harry Potter at the level that I do. If a plotline can pull me in and make me feel invested in what’s going on, then it’s surpassed the level of just being entertainment. There aren’t many fantasy worlds that are good enough to make me keep going back, but Marvel has absolutely done that. I lose myself in the movie and when it’s over and I’m able to resurface, a part of that story stays with me.
- I enjoy the anticipation of waiting for the next installment. I love the excitement, the impatience, and the gratification when the movie finally debuts. It’s very similar to waiting for a new book to come out. I am so deep in the anticipation that I have hyped the movie up to another level just for myself. And there is nothing better than when you set your expectations high for a new movie or book and then have your expectations exceeded. Part of the beauty of not being involved with the comics is that when a new superhero movie comes out, I am able to appreciate it at face-value. There is no comparison for me, which means I am way more likely to enjoy it.
- Another fun feature of being part of a fandom so wide like the world of superheroes is just the idea of being part of a community. A community of like-minded individuals that are just as excited as you are for the same things. It gives me a sense of commonality with people all over the world. Things like this offer a bridge over many divides between different types of people. I would be hard-pressed to walk into a room full of people and not find at least one person that is a fan of superheroes. I love having that connection to other people.
- Special effects! I can’t mention being a fan of superhero movies without mentioning how aesthetically pleasing they are to watch. The affects are always impressive and really enforce just how advanced technology has become over the last few decades. The movies would never be the action-filled blockbusters that they are without having an insane amount of CGI, stunt-work, and special effects. The plotline is great, but they back it up with stunning visualization.
- Badass female characters! I cannot say enough good things about watching a woman kick ass and dominate in a male-driven world. Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Storm, and so many more constantly prove just how tough we are. The feminist in me fist-pumps every time Black Widow kicks a male character’s ass. Now do I wish that the female characters received as much recognition as the male characters? Absolutely. But until that happens I just take solace in knowing that all of the strong female characters could easily take out any man heading up Marvel Universe. And may occasionally find myself envisioning a good throat punch to some faceless male executives.
- I may be all about girl power, but believe me when I say I thoroughly enjoy the male superheroes, as well…especially shirtless male superheroes. Shout out to Captain America! Okay, so I know this is a totally shallow reason, but I. DON’T. CARE. Women are sexualized all the time so it is only fair that we get to ogle every once in a while, too. Marvel has not skimped on offering plenty of attractive men for the ladies to enjoy watching. Anthony Mackie, Chris Helmsworth, Idirs Elba, Chris Evans, and a few more have all caught my eye. No shame in my game!
Do you watch superhero movies? Why do you enjoy them? Have you always been a fan or are you recently on the bandwagon?