Saturday, July 23, 2011
There have been a lot of superhero movies this summer, but for some reason they all seem to take place somewhere else than the present. "Thor" and "Green Lantern" split duties between modern society and other worlds/dimensions, and "X-men" and "Captain America" are period pieces. For my money, I think the reason those first two films were under-received is because they were too divorced from socio-cultural space.
On exactly the opposite notion, I think "X-men" particularly and "Captain" to a degree are great entries to the genre in that they push an examination of the superhero back into different periods of history. This suggests most evidently that society's desire to utilize some kind of "super" element is not a new phenomenon, but can be traced in discussions of violence and power throughout at least the last century.