Since its Silver Age rebirth, Marvel Comics has been a focal point of comic book fandom. Often casted as the upstart company in comparison to DC Comics, Marvel’s cultural weight and economic success has been tied to 1960s political protest and social anxiety. For more than 50 years Marvel’s emphasis on “real word concerns’ in its stories has generated fan engagement and popular appeal. In the new millennium the establishment of its own movie studio has allowed the “House of Ideas” to have a wider cultural impact in the United States and around the world. While scholars have examined Marvel characters in print, less consideration has been given to the implication of live action adaptions from Marvel’s cinematic universe. I seeking scholars for panel examining the ways the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents, constructs, and distorts American culture. Papers that examine specific characters, themes, or films are welcome.
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