Marvel super heroes to be topic of new University of Baltimore class

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September 24, 2014|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

Here's a course to please the students who hid comic books in their textbooks.

University of Baltimore will offer a spring course on the world of Marvel super heroes.

The course will examine how the comics, films and TV shows "offer important insights into modern culture," according to a university news release.

Students in "Media Genres: Media Marvels" will delve into the appeal of superheroes such as Spider-Man, Captain America, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk. They will discuss the implications of fictional apocalyptic threats and study Joseph Campbell's explanation of the hero archetype.

More importantly, they will also watch at lot of movies and TV and read comic books.

“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," Arnold T. Blumberg, the professor teaching the course, said in a statement. "The Marvel Cinematic Universe is that realm for this generation."

“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,” said Blumberg, an adjunct faculty member in the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

“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,” he said. 

The course is believed to be the first course of its kind in the country, the university said.

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