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NEW YORK - AUGUST 31: A Marvel Incredible Hulk comic book is seen for sale at St. Mark's Comics August 31, 2009 in New York City. The Walt Disney Co. announced that it plans to acquire Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in stock and cash, bringing 5,000 Marvel characters including Spider Man and Incredible Hulk under the Disney umbrella.
Over the last decade, the mainstream popularity of anything related to superheroes has exploded. Comics-rooted film franchises and comics-inspired television have taken over the pop culture landscape. What’s that done to our standards about what qualifies a character as a superhero (or heroine)?
Screenwriter/Director Zak Penn (known for writing X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and The Avengers) has some fantastical ideas of his own on the subject. Penn joined KPCC’s pop culture blogger Mike Roe to explore how fantasy plays into the real world and what our superhero ideas say about how we view our everyday lives.