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Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become “Infantilized By Our Own Taste”

Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste"

There is certainly no debate that studio moviemaking has put a central focus on superhero movies, and big budget franchises. The shared universe formula perfected by Marvel is now being chased by every rival in Hollywood, properties of anything with potential blockbuster potential from comic books to TV shows are being optioned and put into development, and essentially, the characters and heroes that were once treasured by a niche market of proud nerds has gone completely mainstream. But moreover, this material isn’t just for kids. Adults are openly and actively embracing their inner child, debating often at extreme lengths about the minutiae of Jared Leto‘s Joker look, whether or not Ben Affleck will be a good Batman, or the finer points of the “Star Wars” universe. And Simon Pegg — a geek favorite, author of “Nerd Do Well,” and star of the rebooted “Star Trek” movies — has his concerns about what this means on a cultural level.

“I’m very much a self-confessed fan of science-fiction and genre cinema. But part of me looks at society as it is now and thinks we’ve been infantilized by our own taste. We’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes… Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously!” he told Radio Times, noting the shift from substantive dramas of the ’70s that were popular box office hits to what we have today.
“It is a kind of dumbing down in a way. Because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues,” Pegg added. “Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about… whatever. Now we’re walking out of the cinema really not thinking about anything, other than the fact that the Hulk just had a fight with a robot.”

It seems to be something of a crisis for Pegg who admits he may “retire from geekdom” and pursue what he calls more “serious” acting (but not after he co-writes “Star Trek 3“). But does he protest too much? Or does he have a point that there is more to cinema and life than superheroes punching each other out? We know you’ll have a lot to say so hit the comments section.

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