The Avengers : how Marvel made our modern supergods

Part Five of Advanced Science Fiction & Fantasy: writing the 21st century myth

The Disney owned Marvel franchise is the biggest and most profitable story in human history, a vast metanarrative built around the interwoven stories of a modern pantheon of supergods. How are such huge stories told?

The answer lies in understanding the archetypal origins of the gods. Each member of the Avengers team, their allies and enemies, embodies a deep archetype of human consciousness. And as the Hero archetype has its unique Journey, so the other archetypes have theirs.

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The Avengers : how Marvel made our modern supergods

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Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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