University of Baltimore to Offer Course on Marvel Movies

TIME

American colleges already offer beer studies and video game scholarships, but the University of Baltimore is adding the latest addition to a growing list of liberal arts perks: a class on Marvel movies.

The course, offered in the spring, will focus on how films like Iron Man, Thor,Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy shed insight on modern culture, according to a press release. The course will analyze how the history of heroism and adventure has translated into Marvel Studios’ big-screen franchises, as well as why viewers are so drawn to its films.

“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,” said Arnold T. Blumberg, who will teach the course…

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