The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the latest pop culture phenomenon to get the academic treatment.

The University of Baltimore will be offering a class this upcoming spring called "Media Genres: Media Marvels," which will examine the sprawling MCU in all its many incarnations. Naturally, this will include an examination of Marvel's stories vis-à-vis Joseph Campbell's famous "hero's journey," which has inspired everything from "Star Wars" to "Community."

Professor Arnold T. Blumberg explained in a press release, "One thing we'll do is dive into the impact of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' film, which proved two things: Mainstream movie audiences are not remotely tired of superhero movies; and Marvel Studios can now release a sci-fi adventure that actually features talking trees and raccoons. It's not that they're getting away with it -- they've created a universe in which fans completely accept these developments, and they're ready for even more."

Pop culture infiltrating academia is nothing new -- it's pretty interesting actually! Writer and all-around mad genius Grant Morrison's 2011 book "Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human" is just one such study of the genre. Then again, it is possible to reach maximum Marvel saturation. Campbell didn't call his book "The Hero With a Thousand Faces" for nothing, you know.

[via Time]

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