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Quite a few people know that I am a diehard comic book lover. From Batman to Spider-Man I have voraciously gobbled up every detail about various characters from both the DC and Marvel universes. Not to mention I have watched endless hours of film and cartoon adaptations as well as had the good fortune in recent years to be able to attend the new wave of annual Comic-Con events that are being hosted in the country. Plus, as you would guess I also collect graphic novels and have a pretty neat collection nicely wrapped up for posterity. But while I do enjoy all of this, there is one thing about this pop culture universe that I have begun to pay more attention to over the past few years. Unlike yesteryear movies and cartoons from the 60’s to the 90’s, the 2000’s, according to me, have depicted a very different image of comic book heroes presented on the silver screen.
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Somewhere it seems to have become fashionable with comic and film storytelling to paint those that stood up for justice and the punishment of wrong doing as the actual villains, while henchman and their crime bosses were hardly called out for their actions. Plus, there was a great sense of ingratitude on the part of the larger public. Case in point The Dark Knight movie. But taking it one step further is the recent Captain America: Civil War movie. Clearly Iron Man was in the right but yet everyone on the Avengers team turns against him and sides with the movie’s namesake. Captain America in his love quest to save his friend Bucky, acts like a complete douchebag by breaking laws, annihilating innocent security personnel and nearly killing Tony Stark in the process. Some of course may try to justify his act by saying that Bucky was brainwashed and was not responsible for the crimes he committed. However, my take would be that still does not justify his crimes. Better still is that most comic fans I know sided with Captain America. But you can tell that I didn’t! :-)
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