Where was this class when I was in college?!?!?! It’s right up my alley, plus my whole thesis was based on Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey”! Ugh, anyway, let me get to the point of this post.
Students at the University of Baltimore will be able to participate in the class “Media Genres: Media Marvels,” that’s if they are lucky enough to enroll before everyone else does. The course will examine the intricately plotted world of Marvel films and their interconnected television series and comic book sources, as well as Campbell’s monomyth, the “hero’s journey” to examine their important insights into modern culture.
Arnold T. Blumberg, D.C.D., will take students through the Marvel universe to encourage students to better understand the “culture’s fixation on superheroes, fictional global threats, and other “widescreen” novelistic tales that have pushed the comic book-to-film ethos into new territory.”
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.”
Blumberg says that every generation has their modern media mythology and Marvel is the latest to entertain and educate about ethics, morality, issues of race, gender, and class. I was raised on the Harry Potter mythos.
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,” he says.
And it’s the perfect realm to teach since the Marvel Universe offers profound statements about heroism, the great responsibilities that come with wielding great power (Spider-Man), our willingness to trade freedom for security (Captain America), and much more.
So am I allowed to sit in on this class?