The obsession with superheroes

Why are people so obsessed with super heroes?

I never really got into comic books, so my acquaintance with super heroes came a bit later in life, through movies. As you may have noticed in the past decade or so, there has been a strong revival in superhero movies.

Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man, the X-men and many others have all been taken off the printed page and splashed across the big screen.

I love it.

In college my randomly assigned roommate and I did not have that much in common, but a few important shared qualities made us great roommates. We did not speak to each other before noon, started each day with a selection of Jay-Z and Kanye tunes and loved super hero and action movies.

It seems like most people do. Otherwise why would there be two completely different versions of Spiderman in a ten-year span? There wouldn’t. While favorites vary, most movie-goers enjoy a good super hero every once in a while. This weekend my favorite super heroes, although they are often the underdogs, return to the big screen.

Another edition of the X-Men is coming to theaters. In “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Wolverine – played by none other than the great Hugh Jackman – is sent to the past to “change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants,” according to IMDb.com.

I cannot wait to see this movie.

Last week at Wal-Mart I impulse bought a four-pack of DVDs containing all previous X-Men movies, with the origins stories excluded. I was so excited to binge watch hours of my favorite heroes that I ripped the package open as soon as I got home, without even popping some corn first. I then had the biggest disappointment of the week.

I had accidentally gotten Blu-ray instead of DVD.

The package only said the discs were Blu-ray above the barcode on the back, and the telltale blue package was hidden in a fancy X-Men box. Thanks a lot Wal-Mart.

So I have been unable to prepare properly for this weekend’s newest installment. Instead I have only been able to think about it. How are they getting Wolverine back in time? Will the adamantium still coat his bones if he goes back to a time before his operation? It has to, right? What is this epic event he has to stop? If we’ve learned anything from time-travel lore, it’s that to change anything in the past can have catastrophic consequences. Will the X-Men end up creating a bigger problem than that which they were trying to stop?

And, occasionally, I had to wonder why do I care?

For many, especially those who read comic books, super heroes evoke a nice sense of childhood nostalgia. For others the interest may be in underdog stories, protecting people, good rising over evil or any number of similar themes.

I don’t know what it is for me. But I know that any time a new X-Men movie comes out, I’m be in line and ready for more.