Movies based on Marvel characters use mythical archetypes.
Movies based on Marvel characters use mythical archetypes.
--Marvel Studios Avengers Endgame Facebook page.

This weekend, fans lined up for popcorn and crowded theaters to watch Avengers: Endgame. It was the biggest global opening in cinematic history – a movie with worldwide appeal.

      The superhero flick netted $1 billion worldwide, according to Part of the allure is the diverse cast. But the global appeal of the movie – and, for that matter, the previous 21 movies in the Marvel cinematic universe – also can be found in the power of myth.  
      Myth refers to "specific accounts of gods or superhuman beings involved in extraordinary events or circumstances in a time that is unspecified but which is understood as existing apart from ordinary human experience," according to Encyclopedia Britannica.
      Myths follow a pattern. Whether the story is found in a comic book, African folklore or an Eskimo fairy tale, “it will be always the one shape-shifting yet marvelously constant story that we find together with a challenging persistent suggestion of more remaining to be experienced than will ever be known or told,” writes Joseph Campbell in the classic, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. (Princeton University Press; 1949).
      Most all movies – even Avengers: Endgame, with its multiple superheroes -- use the mythical hero’s journey found in Campbell's book. Here are some examples of how Avengers: Endgame, works in the tropes of mythology. (But before you read another line, spoiler alert!)

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