A MARVELous Life

A MARVELous Life
By Julia Baraona

The definition of the word hero is “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. When we think of heroes, we will obviously first think of superheros, such as the Avengers. Other heroes that come to mind are police officers, fire fighters, teachers, and mothers. The difference between the two is that the Avengers are fictional, while firefighters, teachers, etc, are not. But actually, that’s not the case.

Drawing from ten years of the films, the public is familiar with the cultural phenomenon of the Avengers, especially how people can see themselves in the heroes on the big screen. Topics such as PTSD, race, sexism, family, and so much more are brought up in these films and are integral parts of the franchise that many people can’t help but gravitate towards.

The Avengers movies are about bringing together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when the world needed them to to fight the battles the average person never could. And the films helped us realize that and more. The Avengers are made up of heroes, heroes like us. People who have PTSD and suffer from panic attacks. Paraplegics and the hard of hearing. People who have lost everything and still choose to fight the good fight. And people who fight the good fight because they have everything to lose.

The Avengers and the MCU resonate with so many people because it is a mirror of our everyday. These stories allow for us to see our heros in ourselves, and for our experiences to be represented on screen as well.

This article was printed in the AMPLIFY magazine “Who Is San Jose” in June 2019. Check out more youth articles and photography when you pick up a copy at the AACI Story Road Office today!