Guardians of the Galaxy was the biggest movie of 2014. It’s going to spawn sequels, prequels and movies diving way, WAY deeper into the Marvel Universe. It’s also causing colleges to offer classes on the Marvel way of making movies.
The University of Baltimore is offering a film course “examining the intricate, interwoven narratives and canny box office strategy behind Marvel Studios’ interconnected cinematic universe.” Arnold T. Blumberg, the prof teaching the course, explains that the course is a “critical look will encourage students to better understand the culture’s fixation on superheroes, fictional global threats, and other “widescreen” novelistic tales that have pushed the comic book-to-film ethos into new territory.”
So what inspired the professor to approach the school about offering the course? Talking trees.
“One thing we’ll do is dive into the impact of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, which proved two things: Mainstream movie audiences are not remotely tired of superhero movies; and Marvel Studios can now release a sci-fi adventure that actually features talking trees and raccoons. It’s not that they’re getting away with it—they’ve created a universe in which fans completely accept these developments, and they’re ready for even more,” the professor is quoted as saying.
There will surely be a women’s studies course about female superheroes soon to follow.