It’s not exactly Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters, but the University of Baltimore is staking a claim as an institute of higher learning – learning about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that is. It was recently announced that a spring 2015 course called “Media Genres: Media Marvels” would be offered as part of the curriculum, with the following description offered via press release: “Marvel’s series of interconnected films and television shows, plus related media and comic book sources and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth of the ‘hero’s journey,’ offer important insights into modern culture.”
Course instructor Arnold T. Blumberg sees the MCU as not only a finely constructed device for storytelling on a vast canvas, but an incredible jumping-off point for conversations about key facets of contemporary culture. While discussing what heroism, bravery and freedom even mean to people in our modern world for college credit isn’t that hard to get your head around, imagine doing so against the backdrop of some of the most universally recognized and adored superheroes in the pop culture pantheon. Certainly beats another look at the usual real-world examples you learned about in high school!