The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Coping with Terrorism and Invasion Through John Locke




Chavez, Dago Orlando

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The purpose of this study is to determine if Lockean elements are central to how people cope with the fear and anxiety of terrorism and invasion. A content analysis of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was conducted. Seventeen MCU films from 2008 to 2017 were viewed in chronological order to identify patterns and potential shifts in these patterns to assess each portrayal of Lockean elements and fears. The results indicate that there is no direct correlation between the fears of terrorism and invasion and Lockean elements. However, the MCU portrays symbols of Lockean elements 1.5 to 3.3 times more often than the aforementioned fears. Only 29.41 percent of the MCU does not portray elements of invasion, and 23.53 percent do not portray elements of terrorism. Comparatively, 5.88 percent do not portray elements of the Social Contract and 0 percent do not portray elements of the State of Nature. The data suggests that society often turns to Lockean elements to cope with a multitude of fears and anxieties; including the fear of terrorism and invasion.


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Invasion, John Locke, Marvel, Social Contract, State of Nature, Terrorism



Political Science and Geography