There's a new university course focusing on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Sep 22, 2014

The University of Baltimore will be offering a film course examining the complex interwoven narratives — and Marvel Studios’ shrewd box-office strategy — concerning the ever-expanding world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU for short.

It seems like the success of Guardians of the Galaxy — which is, so far, 2014’s top-grossing flick — has spurred this new level of interest on the part of fans and academics everywhere, who now see that Marvel doesn’t need to “play it safe” with stylistically similar films and a tad more recognizable characters (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America).

The course will be taught by Arnold T. Blumberg, who is an adjunct faculty member in UB's Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences. Blumberg says that this class will encourage students to understand Western culture’s fixation on superheroes.

Here’s what he says:

“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 then compares the Marvel flicks to Star Trek and Star Wars, saying that they embrace theorist Joseph Campbell’s perception that myth-making and storytelling are rooted in an all-important quest for truth, Justice, and the American Way justice, peace, power, family and love.

“Every generation has a modern media mythology that serves as a framework for entertaining as well as educating about ethics, morality, issues of race, gender, class, and so on," Blumberg said. "For the past several years, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have served in that role for tens of millions. When I was younger, it was the first Star Wars series, which I saw in the theater. For me, that saga—along with many other science fiction stories—provided that essential exploration of the hero journey, the struggle of good vs. evil, in a mainstream pop culture context.”

You can get lots more info about the course here.

So, will you be guys be signing up for the University of Baltimore’s class?

(via Comic Book)

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