Posted by: Doc Comics | May 26, 2011

X-Men as Militarism Propaganda?

Blitzkrieg for X-MEN FIRST CLASS

A troubling article at SALON examines the functions of the new film X-MEN: FIRST CLASS as Pentagon propaganda, raising some fairly disturbing connections between Hollywood superheroes and the glorification of American militarism. While this trend of increasing “militainment” is not new, and post-9/11 American consciousness seems to have embraced the Superhero Zeitgeist, it should give us pause to reflect on the mythic payoff and price of such moralizing melodramas of redemptive violence (and identity politics) when they deny or deflect the harsh realities of both present and past.

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