“Superheroes keep us weak!”
*Spoiler Alert! Read at your own risk.*
This is one of the most intriguing quotes from Pixar’s latest movie, The Incredibles 2.
The quote is spoken by a new character in the franchise, Evelyn Deavor. Evelyn’s criticism of superheroes isn’t only limited to the many diverse heroes within The Incredibles universe, but it could also be a meta-critique of the ubiquity of superhero films that have proliferated cinemas since the first Incredibles’ release in 2004.
Evelyn’s quote, albeit cynical, is one that inspires individual agency, to solve one’s own problems themselves instead of waiting for a knight in shining armor, or a caped crusader, to come flying to the rescue.
The notion that superheroes render society complacent is certainly a compelling one. What good are superheroes’ almost-godlike powers, if knowledge of their existence simultaneously renders the public lazy?
How far do you agree with the notion that superhero films make us weak? Could you think of reasons why superhero films are good for us, and how they strengthen rather than weaken us?