Lately (last ten years or so) they’ve been a LOT of superhero movies and TV shows.
Word on the street is that ten or twenty years ago, studio execs were a little iffy on superhero Hollywood movies.
Dudes dressed in tights running around didn’t seem like such a good idea.
Great for comic books, but not up on the big screen.
But then they stared making them, and the movies started making money.
Now there’s ALL KINDS of superhero’s on TV and in the movies.
Why do we love these clearly fictional superheroes so much?
The answer to that could fill a doctoral dissertation in philosophy, psychology or even evolutionary biology.
Maybe it’s because we would all love to be “saved” by the superhero.
Or maybe we all secretly wish we could BE the superhero.
Maybe that’s why a lot of them are anonymous.
“Regular people” by day, but when they put on their costumes, (so nobody knows their identity) they run around saving people and beating up bad guys.
Maybe it’s a useful fantasy. Maybe we all really DO have some kind of “super powers” but we’re afraid to show it.
So the “anonymous superhero” is compelling to us.
But there is a tricky way you can “be” a superhero in real life.
You won’t get to beat up bad guys, but you’ll be able to move people emotionally to wonderful places they can’t otherwise get to on their own.
All while remaining anonymous.
First, you understand the superhero structure. The deep structure that is in nearly all stories.
Then wrap your “suggestions” for them in a superhero story.
Then “hide in” in a few other stories, carefully nested in the center.
That way, it’s not really “you” telling the story.
It’s some character within the story that is telling the story to another character.
One is YOUR alter ego, the other is THEIR alter ego.
But because you’ve hidden both identities, nobody will know what’s going on but you.
And you will have hidden your superhero powers in the best possible place.
In plain sight.