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Roundtable Segment

Serious About Superheroes

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After watching Captain America this summer, I was amazed at how many of my guy friends could easily rattle off the backstory of the movie as well as the intricately woven subplots involving other characters (What?! How did Tony Stark’s dad get in this movie?). I told a couple of my friends that comic books and superhero movies are to men what Jane Austen novels are to women — stories laden with characters we relate to on some level and shining moments to which we aspire. So I figured it would be cool to bring a few guys into the studio and unpack what makes the superhero world so appealing; what resulted was a passionate discussion on values, heroes, masculinity, and yes, the shameless allure of guns, explosions and special powers.

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