11th Oct2015

Superheroes in the Digital Age

by Guest

There’s nothing quite like a superhero. And there’s no other modern film genre that’s been quite as universal, or as enduring. 
But just what is the eternal appeal of the superhero? Probably that despite their superhuman strength and abilities, they – like us – have vices, weaknesses, worries, things that keep them awake at night. This makes them human and thus, believable. There’s also the ultimate escapist fantasy of the superheroes’ adventures; the idea that the ordinary guy – or girl – can do extraordinary things. As corny as it sounds superheroes make us believe in ourselves.


Perhaps the most famous and best-loved superheroes were born in Marvel comics, way before the pre-digital age – 1939 to be precise – as Timely Comics. By the 1960s, Marvel had launched successful titles like The Fantastic Four. Today, Marvel counts among its most prolific personalities Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, The Avengers and the X-Men.

Once the domain of comic book geeks and angsty teens, Marvel superheroes have been given a Hollywood makeover in recent years, mainly thanks to incredible advancements in special effects – particularly CGI (Computer Generated Images). I wonder if Stan Lee, one of the original Marvel publishers, could have envisaged his characters fighting crime on a computer screen…


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