never really gotten into comic books themselves, mainly because I’ve
just never gotten into the format. So the likelihood that I’ll ever
*read* the comic books these movies are based on is slim to none…and
I’m grateful for the chance to get the story in a different format.
And after being left in a rather tragic Shakespearean frame of mind
after them both, I started wondering – why does the guy *never* get the
girl in the end?
about it, all the superheroes suffer this plight. Superman never really
gets Lois Lane. Batman never gets…oh, what’s her name? Dang…it’s
been awhile. Spiderman screws up his relationship just about every way imaginable. Thor got stuck back up in his home world, and Captain
America slept through his first real date. By a lot of years.
all fairness, I haven’t seen the “green” movies yet – does Green
Lantern get his lady-love (surely there must be one)? Does the Green
Hornet fly off into the sunset with Ms. Right-for-Him? Does anyone know
of a superhero who manages to live “happily ever after”?
I asked on twitter, I got crickets. On Facebook, there were a few
theories: one that it’s honorable for the hero to sacrifice everything
in order to make the world a better place, another that to protect those
he loves, he has to remain separate from them. Yet another theory
brings in ninjas (ninjas are sneaky devils – ever notice how they always
seem to pop up when you least expect them to?).
I have a different theory.
status seem to be those people who never actually believe that they are
worthy of winning in the end. They’re humble to a fault – and it’s
normally both their greatest asset as well as their biggest weakness. When it comes down to it, they have low self-esteem, and while
they will use whatever power they get for as much good as they can
possibly do, they never *quite* believe that they deserve that power, or
that it won’t disappear as quickly as it came.
that they deserve to get the girl (or guy). So I think in the case of a
lot of comic book heroes, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy – they
can’t believe that they will ever be worthy of true love, so they walk
away under the guise of “protecting” their loved one or some other
honorable-sounding excuse. Because that’s actually easier than daring to
stay, and risking whatever might come (including happiness and a
lasting relationship – neither of which they “deserve”, or so they feel deep inside).Naturally, this dooms them to a life of unrequited love. They are ultimately protecting themselves more than anyone else.
It’s romantic and annoying all at the same time, in my opinion. And I think it happens all too often in real life – more than any of us care to admit, and that’s why we relate to stories like this on such a basic level. Some people manage to take the risk and reap the rewards or pay the price, and others never do. And the fact is, the superhero archetype is highly unlikely to ever change on that point because it’s what distinguishes them from the villains they fight, who are confident to the extreme.
Interesting I think, in any case. Although I
suppose it *could* just be a case of writers reading too many Shakespearean or Greek tragedies…but somehow, I think not…
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