We thought Lance Armstrong's wins were because he was like Batman and dedicated himself so completely to his goal. We thought he showed us what was possible for a dedicated and focused human being without superpowers. We were wrong.
As an origin story, Captain America must make a compelling case for why the physically slight and asthmatic Steve Rogers volunteers for a radical experimental procedure (and the risk of death) in the hope of becoming a super soldier. In my opinion, the film fails in this regard. Let me explain why.
From a psychological perspective, the X-Men comic book (and film) stories are psychologically rich material, in which issues about prejudice and discrimination, teamwork, leadership, giftedness (e.g., being "special") and power are explored in ways that are both accessible and thought-provoking. X-Men: First Class continues this fine tradition.
Thor’s story is rich with opportunities to plumb the lead character’s psychological depths, which were missed opportunities in this case. The film seemed very formulaic, with so many explanations of the characters and their "mission" that even if you didn't know Thor's origin story when you sat down to watch the film, you could accurately predict the rest of the story.
Imagine: You are a superhero (or police officer). You arrive at the scene of an apparent accident, and are trying to find out what’s going on. Was it simply that--a fluke accident--or it could have been the result of a nefarious act, an intentional crime?
It's that time of year again. As the World Series gets under way, there will be a lot of talk about "heroes." Ballplayers won't be the only ones. From a wide range of sports, winners are often referred to as heroes...
Reading--whether the material is a book (all prose) or a comic book or graphic novel--requires readers to use our imagination. With graphic novels, this means that we readers must "fill in" what happens in the gaps in plot and action as we progress from one panel to the next. Films, by their very nature, fill in many more of those gaps for us.