The Importance Of Hero Films

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Almost everyone has dreamt of being rescued by the Superman or the Iron man, or becoming one of them. In 2015, the release of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” swept the Korean society, resulting in an impressive record of over ten million viewers. The movie grossed a worldwide total of $1.405 billion, ranking as the seventh highest-grossing 2015 film around the world (MPAA, 2015). In addition, the series of “Superman” and “Spiderman” have been box-office hits for many years, attracting numerous fans around the world. In fact, those movies are all from Hollywood, America; the continuous high rate of American movies in box office proves the dominance of American hero movies over the world. The successes of hero movies then lead to a question: what…show more content…
A veritable hero can be illustrated as the man who solves crisis with his or her supernatural powers through many trials and ordeals. 히어로 정의 Heroes are always willing to sacrifice themselves to save others. These characteristics are derived from some cultural backgrounds of America. When it comes to the discussion of American culture, responsibility is one of the core values that Americans pursue. Usually, people feel this sense of responsibility when he or she desperately desires to gain or do something; it can also be interpreted that a person has his own firm belief about something which is why he feels a strong sense of responsibility to complete any kind of duty. In other words, due to the fact that Americans value responsibility, the heroes in movies are expected to be brave and responsible to save the people and the world, which then satisfies the Americans and reflects what they pursue. Furthermore, this sense leads to another explanation of the relation between heroic movies and American culture. In historical perspective, America is a symbol of independence, and individual happiness and freedom are what they cherish the most. Such inclination can be seen in the movies: the pursuit of those values is one of the cultural features and portrays the real America through various heroes in the movies. To be specific, the…show more content…
At the same time, the storyline also is influenced by the U.S.-centered ideology. Tony Stark, also known as Iron man, is the wealthy businessman who is the forerunner to save the world from the danger. Unlike the negative reputation of the riches, this superhero is described based on the ideology of building a desirable image of the wealthy in America; in other words, making a good image of America especially for the common viewers. In addition, the suit that Captain America wears obviously represents the American flag and his superb ability gives an impression of America’s invincible power that America can solve any kind of difficulties. This “America protects the world” ideology in characters relates to the concept of Pax Americana. While watching the movie, people get vicarious satisfaction through all the revenges and triumphs of the superheroes, but miss all the veiled meaning of such
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