The University of Baltimore, in its infinite, august wisdom, has decided to offer a course during the Spring 2015 semester called “Media Genres: Media Marvels,” which will attempt to analyze the continuity laden series of films — from Iron Man through Guardians of the Galaxy — and unpack both its mythological parallels and impact on pop culture.
“One thing we’ll do is dive into the impact of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, which proved two things: Mainstream movie audiences are not remotely tired of superhero movies; and Marvel Studios can now release a sci-fi adventure that actually features talking trees and raccoons. It’s not that they’re getting away with it — they’ve created a universe in which fans completely accept these developments, and they’re ready for even more.”
“We have a generation coming of age with these characters and this completely mapped-out universe. It could be argued that it’s never been done better. But no matter what your age, there is always a fantasy/sci-fi/superhero realm that helps you to explore your place in the world, your identity, and your ideals. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is that realm for this generation.”
The shit that you talk about in the parking lot after seeing a movie with your mates can now advance your college career. Finally, the thing that both proves we are in the Golden Age of the Geek and hastens our way towards Ragnarok.
Marc Bernardin is the Deputy Editor of Playboy.com. He once sat through a 13-hour Marvel Movie Marathon on the opening day of The Avengers and wants to know when they’re delivering his honorary degree. He’s also done a bit of post-grad work on the subject.