Forget Wonder Woman and Batman. The Maid of Orléans - an uneducated, teenage girl who led armies to victory - is a hero for our times.
Peter Parker knows the formula for angular acceleration of a pendulum, and applies his science knowledge with gusto in the latest Spider-Man movie.
The new mummy film is the latest foray into 'shared universes', the seemingly critic-proof movie juggernauts that have come to dominate our cinemas.
As DC and Marvel battle for movie domination at the box office, older people are being left out.
The Marvel superhero directly confronts a 'war on terror culture' that regards Muslim-Americans as threats.
It ain't all biff, bang pow.