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Has The World Gone 'Marvel Comics' Crazy?

For over 70 years, Marvel Comics in one incarnation or another, has presented a variety of over-the-top villains and superheroes as well as stories that has now leaped to global domination of the box office. With battles of magnitude where the world’s future is in the balance, it’s not too far fetched to see how the news of the day mirrors these movies and more.

Marvel Comics is the home of such superheroes as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, Spider-Man, and more. The most popular of American comic book companies and now a monster of a juggernaut in the motion picture industry, toy market and web based entertainment, it got its start just prior to WWII, Marvel ushered in a series of sci-fi based heroes whose villains were like something from the primordial subconscious of mankind.

Then, in the 1960s, under the leadership of writer and editor Stan Lee and legendary artist Jack Kirby, Marvel introduced new characters and villains and scenarios focusing more on politics and controversial issues of the day. Now those stories and characters are blasted all over the silver screen reeling in billions of dollars.

We're looking at three generations of people having grown up on these characters and stories with now billions more being introduced to them, yet are we now living in a world where these science fiction stories have come to reality?

Here we are in the first quarter of the 21st Century, with modern marvels, no pun intended, that can make our every day lives a paradise, yet there are still menaces of great evil still plaguing the world. The threat of terrorism where advanced weaponry are being used to subjugate entire populations, millions still being slaughtered under the command of religious zealots with bizarre names and titles. Leaders of countries like North Korea that still act as though at any minute they'll unleash some horrific menace to challenge the forces of good.

It's even gotten more outlandish and clownish as those real villains of old like Hitler, Mussolini, Emperor Tojo, Nikita Kruschev, who at numerous times thumped the podium declaring how the world would soon be theirs and how superior their intellects were in comparison to we feeble mortals.

It seems to just never end does it. Today we still have these leaders of state and religion, drug cartel warlords, computing terrorists who invoke disarray of global proportions. Today's supervillains come with such names as Kim Jun Il, ISIS, Taliban, Boko Haram, Al Queda, the Republican controlled Congress of the US. We've even got over the top politicians again. Donald Trump for one. People often make a Marvel Comics joke that Trump serves the evil organization 'Hydra' and the social media networks are awash in comical memes of this nature.

The world still has a plethora of supervillains. We never seem to run out of them. As soon as we beat one down into the ground, another two seem to rise up, just like the mythical hydra.

There seems to be a menace around every corner, a terror behind every tree. With each new technological advance, some fiend arises to exploit it for the subjugation of humanity.

Where are all the superheroes to battle these menaces? They're coming from the common folks. No matter how tough the situation, challenging the exploit, some average person, a cop, a first responder, a teacher, even kids, rise up to these challenges where it's most unexpected.

With the upcoming presidential campaign coming up in the United States, literally, the fate of mankind is in the balance. Inventions and technologies that do indeed mirror those of the Marvel Comics adventures are now a reality, with every day it seems a new breakthrough arises. With such power comes great responsibility, the mantra of the Spider-Man stories. Whomever gains this next presidency will preside over advances in such technologies as to boggle the mind. This will call for levels of integrity and courage of astonishing measure. The people had better choose on these values or we'll be plunged into a nightmare that no sci-fi writer could have imagined.

Posted by GregB at June 26, 2016 9:20 PM
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People like the figure of a hero who will save us from all the bad things in life. Unfortunately, politicians take advantage of this to sell dreams and get votes.

Posted by: Ecotelhado at January 11, 2017 6:44 AM
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