Unfortunately what stands out in an otherwise interesting piece is the usual PC blather about "white supremacy" or some such. This revisionist reading of a past time, in keeping with so much of the same junk, is pure nonsense as it imputes motives to creators that were totally non existent. Ditto for the continually perennially popular whipping boy "Birth of a Nation". Stop marring your clear thought with mindless repetitions of popular stupidity.
If the view that art reflects the culture of the times and vice versa, then Superhero films are spot on. Relationships are probably as shallow as they've ever been; commitment means a pre-nup; sexual responsibilities are virtually non-existent; instant gratification is a life right; my cellphone gets A#1 priority and the list goes on. Superhero films, are, by and large, relationship thin. Obviously not all of the social ills listed are on display in a SH film but they are all part and parcel of the thin relationship society. So in this sense I have to disagree with Marty: SH films are as arty as our culture is culturey. They just don't have high bars.
Disney should never have been allowed to acquire 20th Century Fox. Antitrust action in this country is dead. In addition, the studio has gotten so PC that it's destroying its legacy through revisionist editing. Major case in point: the new dumbO release. Disney had a grand chance to educate people about black music with a special feature but no, they chose the PC easy way out: just drop the whole significant scene. So, with or without their gorilla footprint, they're full on destroying movies anyway. I think we can safely call Disney the studio of "fake movies".
I'm not as sophisticated as the others. Thanks for the tips!
Second that! The whole enchilada (so to speak).