The two sides of the Marvel Universe

We all love Marvel, right? It’s pure fiction, and we know it, but it’s still making us hope that one day our dreams of saving the day with our super powers will become true. And Marvel actually did more than that. It created a whole universe, an intricate, complex thread of events and characters, destined to be part of amazing stories.

And they deliver these stories in two ways. The funny, glittery movies, and the dark, somewhat-closer-to-reality TVShows. The Avengers based movies are made for our entertainment, rather than our intellect. You don’t leave the movie theatre with an after-thought. “But people still died, right? Even if they saved the day.” No, you go home with excitement. You tell yourself that it was fucking awesome, and then Tumblr all the gifs and pics and interviews, waiting for the next movie to come out.

(Gif credits go to chrysevans)

But Marvel brought us TVSeries. They gave us Hell’s Kitchen. Daredevil and Jessica Jones. These were made to explore some more profound parts of having a world full of gifted people. We see more internal conflict, more insight on the characters. They’re usually lonely people, they don’t work with others, or dress in sparkly costumes. Well, Matt eventually does, but still.

The world we see in Hell’s Kitchen is a much darker one. The cinematogaphy can prove that. But it makes sense, you know? Because that’s how they have to live. In the shadows, always hiding, always risking to be misjudged.


(Gif credit: cinelander)

We also get more insight on the people they try to protect. They can’t deny their already existent ties and responsabilities. They have friends, and them being safe is the top priority.


(Gif credit: skylerlokerbie)

Hell’s Kitchen is proof that even with super heroes, the world won’t be safe. It’s proof that not everybody can rely on The Avengers, that villans and crimes will still exist. When greater heroes will come, there will also be a bad guy to match their powers.

Another thing that we get more of in these series, it’s time with the villain. He might be just a rich, powerful guy, with no super powers, or an incredibly dangerous mind controller. We can see him preparing his breakfast, or caring for a woman, being tortured by his parents during childhood, or looking for love.

(Gifset credits: netflixdefenders)

I don’t know about you, but when I get to see the humanity in them, the reasons they’ve become this way, it makes me want to give them a warm blanket and feed them soup (Like I would do to Will Graham, but that’s another story). My point is that Marvel is very good at humanizing the bad guys, so we’ll feel bad for them. I must confess I’m a sucker for a good villain childhood story.

(Gifset credits: devilmurdocks)

Also, in the series they show us how fast people can get accustomed with having super heroes roaming around them. And how their lives don’t actually change much. In Jessica Jones there are at least three references made to The Avengers, and they’re made very nonchalantly.

What Marvel gives us, though, is undoubtedly valuable. It gives us a break from our busy lives and from our many responsabilities. It gives us a glint of possibility, a “what if?”. They show us how thin the line between good and evil can be. That sometimes we should fight, and sometimes we should not. The Marvel Universe can be a very educative experience, I think, if you look in the right spot.


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