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This Is How the Superhero Genre Has Been Deconstructed Throughout The Years

From comic books, to film, animated movies, and anime!



Just as the world announced that we are all experiencing collective superhero fatigue after Avengers: Endgame, they pull us back in with major deconstructions of the genre, namely with Amazon’s The Boys and Invincible.

The Boys in particular came at the perfect time, depicting a world where superheroes rule like tyrants, with clear analogues for DC and Marvel’s finest.

Invincible, on the other hand, is both a deconstruction and a celebration of the genre as a whole, showing us the total extremes that come with being a teen superhero.

With upcoming seasons of The Boys and Invincible ready to blow our minds on what being a superhero is all about, let’s look back at other attempts of deconstruction throughout the years across mediums.



Alan Moore’s graphic novel masterpiece is a cornerstone of the comic book world, and practically wrote the rules of superhero deconstruction. The story centers around costumed crime fighters and their place in the real world, their extent of power and the protection they provide to the world around them.

It asked the hard questions of who and what superheroes are in the real world, and whether they are needed in the first place. There were also superheroes of all kinds in Watchmen, from omnipotent characters like Doctor Manhattan to the downright insane Rorshach.



Read the full story here.


*Original article written by Dale Bashir. 
*Cover image via Walt Disney Pictures

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