Comics scholar will discuss the women of ‘Avengers’ at Mentor Library

Avengers Talk

We’ve been talking about heroes all summer long, so it’s no surprise that we have a program dedicated to the hottest heroes of the summer (give or take Ant-Man or Chris Pratt.)

Comics scholar Valentino Zullo will present on the history and impact of one of comics’ most influential group of superheros, The Avengers, at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 23, at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Zullo will pay special attention to the increased roles that superheroines now play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“As Marvel’s cinematic universe continues to expand, so does its sense of diversity,” Zullo said. “In particular, the representation of women has become ever more prominent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe both on the big screen and on TV.”

Zullo’s discussion will trace a brief history of the superheroine in comics from early representations at the onset of World War II to our current era with Black Widow and Scarlet Witch on the big screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron,  as well as Marvel’s embrace of a feminist worldview in their TV shows Agent Carter and Agents of Shield.

He will explore the ways that women in comics have been presented, from the complicated and often critiqued hypersexuality, to the current representation of more realistic, powerful women.

“Together we will discuss the evolving state of feminism in the Marvel cinematic universe and consider the changing comics world through the figure of the superheroine,” Zullo said.

Zullo is a doctorate student in the English department at Kent State University. He also holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

His talk is free and open to everyone. You can register for it on Mentor Library’s website.

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