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A F ather - and -S on T radition THE VALUE OF HEROES
By the time you read this, summer will have officially come to a close. While I won’t miss the sweltering heat and humidity, I’m sad to see another season of blockbuster movies go, especially after the cliffhanger ending of “Avengers: Infinity War.” While that film ended on a sour note, I’ve loved
Well, fast-forward to 2008 and the release of “Iron Man.” I thought it was a pretty cool action film, but my 5-year-old son, Daniel, was hooked. In the years since, we’ve seen every single Marvel movie together. These films have become a great father-and-son tradition these past 10 years, and while I’ll always
help us relate to one another. Daniel is 15 years old now, and anyone who has raised a teenager will tell you how hard it can be to connect with them. Most boys Daniel’s age don’t think of their fathers as being “cool” enough to hang out with on a regular basis. Reaching out to them can be a struggle. Sometimes you need to call in the Avengers. When Daniel and I go to the theater, those larger-than-life heroes break down the barriers between us. We’re caught up in the action and drama, and when we leave the theater, it’s all we can talk about. On the drive home, we laugh, slap the dashboard, and recount our favorite scenes. These moments are small but powerful. We’re not just connecting as father and son but as honest-to-goodness superhero fans, and I love every minute of it.
“The real power in these films isn’t in the way they help us relate to the characters on the screen; it’s how they help us relate to one another.”
the past decade of superhero movies by and large. Not only can these films provide us with role models larger than ourselves, they also provide an opportunity for family members of all ages to find common ground and connect with one another. When I was growing up, I loved Batman. This was back in the Michael Keaton days, with the muscular suit and Jack Nicholson’s suave, conniving Joker. I wasn’t the world’s biggest comic book fan while growing up in rural Alabama, but I certainly understood the divide between DC and Marvel comics and thought of myself as siding with the former. How can you do better than Batman and Superman, right?
enjoy the Batman films of my youth, I have to say that Captain America is my new favorite hero. That’s the great part about the huge cast of superhero movies that have come out: everyone can find a hero they can relate to or aspire to be. Daniel has always been a fan of Iron Man’s blend of charm and smarts, while I prefer Captain America’s integrity and moral compass. It’s awesome that our modern heroes come in all shapes and sizes so every one of us can find a character we connect with and strive to become. But the real power in these films isn’t in the way they help us relate to the characters on the screen; it’s how they
Here’s to the hero in all of us,
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