29 May 2012 4:03 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

The Avengers is the biggest international grosser this season and the success of fantasies and films about superheroes has had people wondering if films about normal human beings can ever make so much money. The Avengers has the advantage of offering the public six superheroes instead of one and this is proving to be unbeatable. Superheroes have been very popular in cinema for several years now but the thing which I find most interesting is that all of them had their origins in the 1930s or 1960s and are apparently performing a different cultural function now than they were originally intended to. Another feature that is interesting is that every superhero in the western world originates in America – although Japan perhaps also had its own share of superbeings after the War. Judging from the fact that the major superheroes emerged in the late 1930s and early 1940s and, after that, »

- MK Raghvendra

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