I should maybe precede this blog by stating how boring I now find action movies to be. I was recently forced to sit through watching Expendables 2, a movie which if given my own choice I would have turned off after about 30 seconds. The problem with action movies as I see it are an over reliance on shooting and gun violence. The repetitive nature of gun battles with a catchy one liner at the end (which usually isn’t so clever) makes it hard for me to sit through most of these movies any more. In fact I can’t remember the last action movie which I truly enjoyed, as they all appear to be the same with the same generic formula. I wonder at times if this formula though should stay on the silver screen and not be applied elsewhere. Part of the appeal of the action movie (I think) is that it is based on an overload of the senses, not on character development. That being the case, it is why I can still bear some sci-fi action movies (like Battleship for instance) as the entire plot is not based around the crack of some cordite. When it comes to comic though I am not certain what the appeal of gun based characters is. They are generally wise cracking just like the action movies, but for me one of the benefits of being in a world where superpowers are possible is that guns are somewhat boring by comparison. There is an interesting parallel here between “gun powers” and those kind of ridiculous stories from the 1960s where superheroes were forced into playing sports. The end result is that it is not really much fun to read. So the combination of a non-immersion in the shooting characters and a lack of significant need for such unextraordinary powers makes me why these characters fit so well into the comic medium, at least in recent years.