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Remembering Stan Lee: Movies and Comics' Complicated History and Culture

In recent years, Hollywood has capitalized off of comic books. In particular, Marvel films has dominated box offices, with successes like The Avengers and Black Panther, raking in billions of dollars. Comics titan, Stan Lee, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, died yesterday. Many critics argue that superhero films are ruining the film industry, prioritizing profit over art form. Joining us to discuss Marvel’s film industry impact are Milos Stehlik and Charles Coleman or Facets Chicago. Frequent Worldview guest, and Michigan University Historian, Juan Cole, joins us to share how his personal Marvel collection caught the attention of Lee and Northwestern University over 40 years ago. Marvel’s success is due to a loyal, and at times problematic, fan base. We’ll also discuss comic book culture with CarrieLynn Reinhard, associate professor of Communications at Dominican University, and author of Fractured Fandoms: Contentious Communication in Fan Communities.


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