Apparently, Bill Maher is not a fan of Marvel.
In a blog the HBO talk show host posted on his web site, Maher slammed Stan Lee and mocked fans mourning his death.
The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, “I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.” Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own. Now, I have nothing against comic books – I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys. But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.
But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature.
He then went on to say that “we’re using our smarts on stupid stuff. I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”
What he’s missing is how Marvel and even DC impacts and mimics our culture. There are underlying political and social themes in all of their stories with many of them reflecting what’s currently happening in the world. That was extremely apparent with the last Avengers movie that tackled population control, climate change and a warning to what happens when you let greed control your life.
Obviously, Maher is entitled to his own opinion. Marvel may or may not be your thing but people – yes, even adults – find joy in reading the comics and watching their favorite characters come to life on the big screen.
And that’s OK whether Bill Maher thinks it is or not.