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Last edited on: July 19, 2015.

July 10, Comic-con, announces it activities for its current convention that is part of its nonprofit educational corporation that is dedicated to addressing the role of comics, superheroes, and related popular art on culture.

Are superhero movies good for children? They are generally more appropriate for ages 12 and over because of fast action violence, some foul language (usually the d-, h-, and s- words), sinister characters, and other adult content. Are superheroes role models? They often are role models in situations in which they sacrifice themselves for others, as they defend others. In superhero movies there is often clarity about what is good and evil without relativism. There are often themes of teamwork, family, and others-centeredness.

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Captain America is a worthy hero for your teens; Photo Courtesy of Marvel Studios.

Are animated or fantasy ‘family’ movies appropriate for all ages? Not in all cases, and the same is true for superhero movies.  Reputable sources of valuable, specific reviews are available on Sonoma Christian Home to help parents, supervisors, and those in loco parentis of children or youths decide which movies are appropriate and acceptable for the young people in their care.

On July 10, Comic-Con includes presentations on the new Star Wars movie, the last Hunger Games movie, Batman Versus Superman, and more.

Marvel, Sony and Paramount are not presenting at Comic Con 2015 because their film cycles didn’t fit this year. The Sony-Marvel decision is because there are no new “Spider-Man” reboot projects. Paramount is working on future plans for the Transformers franchise. It is also filming Ninja Turtles 2 and has Star Trek 3 in pre-production. However, Warner Bros. is presenting the new Star Wars and final Hunger Games. DC Entertainment is evidently presenting their Justice League, which features Batman, Superman, the Flash and Aquaman, and more.

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Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) join the team in ‘Avengers’; Photo Courtesy of Marvel Studios.

July 10, according to Mojo Box Office‘s ongoing tally of top-grossing, 2015 movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is still in theaters, is the second top grossing movie for 2015. According to Movieguide, this movie has the following positive elements: “…strong moral worldview… redemptive content where characters fight to defend humanity, some sacrifice their lives for others (sometimes in Christian symbolic ways), moral relativism is seen as wrong… emphasis on teamwork, goodness, traditional values, and family, with many biblical allusions or references, with very strong patriotic content as the Avengers invite military veterans to their party, and Captain America is a clean-cut and admirable hero and leader…”

Marvel’s Ant-Man comes out in theaters July 17 and addresses the following themes: fatherhood, redemption, role models, and loyalty to friends while facing true evil and standing up to those who do wrong and more.  As with other superhero movies, there is a wide range of acceptability in Marvel superhero movies for ages 12 and over.

 

Written by Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performance Studies), dianehoward.com

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