Student’s Favorite Characters

Two resounding characters come up each and every time I bring up the Avengers, Steve Rodgers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man. Both have successful movie adaptations, very successful, which have raked in millions of dollars in capital, and millions of new fans. There is something about these characters that resounds within my generation of people.

To put it into prospect a Forbes article detailed Captain America’s Second movie debut, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned $41.4 million on its second weekend. It’s a good thing the film ended up number one for the weekend, because otherwise it would have magically become a super flop and Captain America 3 would have fled for the safety of a mid-August debut. In all seriousness, the hope was that sterling word-of-mouth and strong reviews would perhaps stem the traditional second weekend bleeding just a bit. But nope, it’s a 56% drop in viewership the second weekend come hell or high water. In terms of weekend drops, 57-60% is the general average among Marvel stand-alone entries outside of Thor (-47%) and Iron Man (-48%), so I guess a 56% drop qualifies as “leggy” by comparison.”

Eighteen year olds, like myself, feel a certain amount of invincibility, and the heroism of the Avengers certainly appeals in that respect. But looked for a deeper analysis, I realized that the Avengers the evil nature of the world as defeatable, and isn’t that reality that everyone is searching for.

We want to believe that our actions are working towards the betterment of society, which both Steve Rodgers and Tony Stark do within their installments. At the root of Avengers is a humanism that I did not expect with all the fantastical elements that surrounds the production. Whether the characters actually cause a difference within our society is what will be the discussion of this series of articles.


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