Incredible advances in special effects have enabled characters such as Spider-Man and Thor to captivate cinema audiencesGallery: Marvel superheroes in filmMarvel Comics revolutionised the superhero genre in the 1960s with comic book characters such as Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk. Colourfully costumed adventurers who fought criminals and alien monsters primarily on the streets of New York City, and who, despite their incredible superpowers, struggled with personal and social problems. Stan Lee, the architect of the Marvel universe, routinely addressed readers as “true believers”.Almost 60 years later the same Marvel characters are making true believers of us all. The success of Marvel feature films over the last decade has moved superheroes from just an obsession of comic book fanboys to an international phenomenon. The superhero blockbuster trend shows no signs of slowing down, with upcoming releases of Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past and dozens of other planned films, including the much-anticipated sequel to Avengers Assemble, and new television series such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Superheroes are everywhere, from shirts to toys to exhibitions like the Marvel Super Heroes 4D experience at Madame Tussauds.The current dominance of superhero films at the …read more

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