Reed Richards wrote:
Is the overall mainstream buzz for Avengers slightly freaking anyone else out? Or is this a phenomenon that's been building for a while and shouldn't be that surprising? I mean my mom went to go see it. Are comic properties just becoming more mainstream? Comics themselves aren't as far as I know. Mainstream likes superheroes but still doesn't want to read comic books?
Pretty much hit it on the head. It's cool to "like" comics or superheroes, but still pretty nerdy to actually read
I'm reminded of the recent 21 Jump Street remake (which was awesome, bee tee dub), where Jonah Hill, playing the adult nerd, is dismayed when he finds out that kids in high school now think being into superheroes and computers is cool, whereas not too long ago, such preferences would put a body on the bottom of the social totem pole.
I think this is because the nerds of the 90s and early 2000s are shaping the popular culture of today. It pains me to admit that Mark Zuckerberg is only one month older than I am. And he's going to get cut a check for one billion dollars in a couple days.