College Course On The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Movies / Pop Culture

Time to quit your day job and brush up on those application skills, the University of Baltimore is offering a course called Media Genres: Media Marvels that will examine the intricate world of Marvel’s films including Guardians of the Galaxy,The Avengers along with their individual series for Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. For real!

Set to be offered in the spring semester of 2015, the course will analyze the unprecedented manner in which Marvel Studios has crafted a universe with varying plotlines and characters across several different motion pictures, and even a television series. With 10 films already released in its first six years, Marvel’s universe started in 2008 with Iron Man and currently has installments planned through 2028.

Taught by adjunct faculty member, Arnold T. Blumberg, the films are more than just your standard action movie, according to the instructor:

This series not only provides action-packed entertainment but also profound statements about the nature of heroism, the great responsibilities that come with wielding great power, our willingness to trade freedom for security, and much more,” he says. “Every issue facing our world today is encapsulated in deceptively simple morality tales featuring four-color comic book heroes whose histories stretch back to 1939.

Going on to cite a generation that is coming of age with Marvel’s characters, Blumberg says that it could be argued that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is unmatched in sci-fi history in terms of attention to detail and continuity.

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.

Arnold T. Blumberg, D.C.D. ’04,  is an adjunct faculty member in UB’s Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, and has been comics and pop culture historian and scholar for over 15 years. He has taught courses in comic book literature and superhero media as well as mythology among other pop cultures, according to the UB press announcement.

Source: University of Baltimore
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