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Acu, Adrian. "Time to Work for a Living: The marvel cinematic universe and the organized superhero." Journal of Popular Film and Television 44. (2016): 195–205. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/01956051.2016.1174666
BibTeX citation key: Acu2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: Adaptation, Film adaptation, Marvel, Superhero, Themes and motives, USA
Creators: Acu
Collection: Journal of Popular Film and Television
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) crystallizes how the superhero genre is now inflected by employment: by one's relation to a larger organization. If the superhero movie remains escapist, then that escape is no longer from the impotence of the individual, but rather from the stereotypes of the lumbering, ineffective organization and the disconnected participant. A survey of pre-MCU superhero movies will demonstrate that the MCU is on the leading edge of a change in the dream of superpowers: from the ability to do anything to the ability to meaningfully contribute through one's affiliations.
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