You should be more into The Avengers. If you are, you will never run out of things to talk about with your sometimes sulky, pre-pubescent son.
The Avengers is awesome. Joss Whedon has done wonders with the franchise—That’s Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.
Just to get you up to speed, we’re in phase 2 of the Marvel Universe comic/movie meld. It started with Thor, then Captain America, then we had The Avengers. Now we have Iron Man 3, and Captain America: Winter Soldier and Thor 2 will be coming out next year. Then The Avengers 2 will come out.
In the meantime Joss Whedon is creating a TV show called, S.H.I.E.L.D. which will focus on the non-super hero agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who handle and manage people like Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. It’s all very exciting.
While you wait for the movies to come out you can watch The Avengers cartoons on Netflix. This will get you excited about Ant Man, which will probably come out after Avengers 2. Then you’ll expand into Guardians of the Galaxy which is in the works for a movie now. There are many characters, villains, and story lines that are easy and interesting to learn about and they make great conversation starters after your child has told you they did “nothing” at school and their day was “fine.”
The mythology of the super hero provides a nice context to teach and talk about abstract concepts like valor, courage, sacrifice, and selflessness. It provides virtually endless possibilities for conversations as you and your child speculate about who the next villain will be and who will join The Avengers in the next movie.
Confirmed: Scarlet Witch and her brother Quick Silver. Whaaaaaa? Yes! Confirmed by Joss Whedon, Scarlet Witch and her brother Quick Silver will be joining The Avengers. BUT THEY ARE MAGNETO’S MUTANT CHILDREN! I know, right?
And once you know all about the Earth’s mightiest heroes, it’s easy to learn about the X-Men and the Justice League. Easy, fun, good parenting. You’re welcome.