A hero will save us!


tau.ac.ilMovies and TV shows about superheroes have been popping up everywhere in the last decade: Superman, Captain American, Iron Man, and so many more have taken over our screens. We decided to ask TAU professors from different departments what they think about the trend, what it means and where it’s all headed


Anyone exposed to pop culture in the last decade had no choice but to take note of the superhero phenomenon, which has taken over television and cinema screens. Marvel Comics have put out movie after movie featuring characters such as Captain America, Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy, while DC Comics has made movies about Batman and Superman and TV shows about Supergirl and The Flash. On top of that there’s the X-Men movies, and streaming shows on Netflix, such as Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

It truly seems like superheroes are the men (and women) of the hour in popular culture, and the targer audience for these stories is no longer comic-reading teenagers but adults as well. We wanted to ask – why is this genre suddenly so successful and most importantly, why now?

 Technology – for us or against us?

Erez Dvora, a PhD student at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University, is currently writing this doctorate about Sublime Experiences in Science Fiction Cinema. Erez explains that the current popularity of the genre is influenced by the technological advances that have altered our lives. The pace of technological innovations and their influence on our daily routine can sometimes cause anxiety about the future….

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Image credit tau.ac.il: From “Captain American: Civil War” (photo: PR)

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