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Hafçı, Büşra and Gül Erbay Aslıtürk. "Superheroes: Myths of Modern Age?." Idil 6. (2017): 497–510. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.7816/idil-06-30-02
BibTeX citation key: 2017.15012
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Categories: General
Keywords: "The Avengers", Adaptation, Film adaptation, Myth, Superhero, USA
Creators: Erbay Aslıtürk, Hafçı
Collection: Idil
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People in ancient Greece and Rome created their own heroes as leaders and believed in them. These stories passed on by word of mouth, and thanks to Iliad and Odyssey by Homer, they were then written down. Even planets and star clusters are named after the gods of Rome, and even words we use regularly, such as “echo,” “erotic,” “chaos”, and “volcano” originate from Greek myths. Mythology is an abstract power that ties people and cultures. Our understanding of 'hero' also comes from Greeks and Romes. As a result of globalization, the world gets more complex and stories change form and content to keep up with their complexity. Today’s brilliant concept is to replace those myths and call them “super heroes”. These heroes first appeared in comic strips by Marvel Comics and then they were presented as films. Thus, super heroes became worldwide known.The aim of this study is to find out common points of worldwide famous super heroes and their roots in ancients myths. The Avengers film series of Marvel Comics is to be analyzed via content analysis method. There are two ways of applying myths to cinema. First method is to make a film out of a myth directly and the second method is to incorporate ancient myths in contemporary films. Since The Avengers film series uses both of these methods, it seems to be able to represent the myths very strongly. To strengthen the evaluations, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor film series are also analyzed as these characters are part of The Avengers. At first, mythology and its relation with popular culture is mentioned and secondly The Avengers film series is examined in a detailed way.
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