My friend Julie-Ann took a course at Harvard that was taught by Spike Lee. She noted that American culture is all about "heroes" while Canadian culture is about "survivors". As I reflected upon all the depressing Canadian literature I've read over the years, I agree.
There's a MetaFilter discussion thread on the new movie "The Hulk" and all the merchandising/advertising that's associated with it. Another superhero movie, LXG (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is also coming out this year. It stars Sean Connery, which is one of the few reasons I'm tempted to see it. With this backdrop, my favorite quote from this MetaFilter thread is by a poster named linux who writes, "...Where Ang Lee turns a big Marvel comic book into an introspective drama, LXG is a critically acclaimed comic book turned into a really bad action flick." Well, at least I know what to expect from each.