Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domains

Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domains


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The Marvel Cinematic Universe—comprised of films, broadcast television and streaming series and digital shorts—has generated considerable fan engagement with its emphasis on socially relevant characters and plots. Beyond considerable box office achievements, the success of Marvel's movie studios has opened up dialogue on social, economic and political concerns that challenge established values and beliefs. This collection of new essays examines those controversial themes and the ways they represent, construct and distort American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476664187
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Julian C. Chambliss is a professor of United States history at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His research examines race, identity, and community in real and imagined spaces. William L. Svitavsky is an associate professor and emerging services librarian at the Olin Library of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His research includes American comic book history and geek culture. Daniel Fandino is a history graduate student at Michigan State University. His academic interests include American and Asian popular culture, video games, nationalism, and technology. He lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Filmography 9

Section I—“In order to form a more perfect union”:

The Cultural Context of the Transmedia Universe 13

Multiliteracies of the MCU: Continuity Literacy

and the Sophisticated Reader(s) of Superheroes Media (Perry Dantzler) 14

“A bigger universe”: Marvel Studios and Transmedia Storytelling (Liam Burke) 32

#ITSALLCONNECTED: Assembling the Marvel Universe (Lisa K. Perdigao) 52

America Assemble: The Avengers as Therapeutic Public Memory (Derek R. Sweet) 64

“Your ancestors called it magic”: Building Coherence in the MCU Through Continuity with the Past (William L. Svitavsky) 76

Section II—“Establish justice”: The Social Context of the Cinematic Universe 89

Stark Contrasts: Reinventing Iron Man for 21st Century Cinema (Sarah Zaidan) 90

Silly Love Songs, Gender, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron (James Rovira) 103

Hooked on the Wrong Kind of Feeling: Popular Music and Nostalgia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Masani McGee) 116

Tracing Views of Nature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Elizabeth D. Blum) 127

Bodies That Shatter: Violence and Spectacle in The Avengers

(Antony Mullen) 141

Section III—“Provide for the common defense”: The Geopolitical Context of the Cinematic Universe 149

“You were the world’s first superhero”: Marvel Studio’s Superheroes, Law and the Pursuit of Justice (Jason Bainbridge) 150

Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: Villainy and Terrorism in Thor

(Sasha-Mae Eccleston) 168

More Than a Shield: Security and Empire Building in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Vergil’s Aeneid (Jennifer A. Rea) 185

Acting with Limited Oversight: S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Role of Intelligence and Intervention in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Jennifer Beckett) 203

“To be the shield”: American Imperialism and Explosive Identity Politics in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Samira Shirish Nadkarni) 218

Bibliography 237

Contributors 245

Index 247

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