Why are the Marvel movies so popular? What is it about a bunch of very strange people running around in circus colors and high-tech armor that has resonated so deeply with audiences in recent years? And what can these stories teach you about being a better writer? Turns out, lots!
As a big Marvel fan myself, I appreciate the scope of their storytelling vision. Even better, I’ve gleaned all kinds of interesting writing insights—which I highlight, movie by movie, in this ongoing series of blog posts.
The Marvel movies aren’t a perfect series of films, by any means, which is why you’ll be able to learn from both the things they aced (like Tony Stark’s characteristic moment) and the things they bombed on (be ye warned: the Age of Ultron post is reeeeaallly long).
The most powerful lessons for any writer are those you gain from reading, watching, and breaking down the do’s and don’ts in other people’s stories. Whether you’re fan of superhero fiction or not, you’re about to learn how to write (and not to write) an excellent story in any genre.
Your protagonist’s ultimate relationship to the thematic Truth—and the specific Lie that keeps interfering—will define the entire nature of your story. Here are the four most important principles about the Truth Your Character Believes, all of which are on display in Marvel’s Black Panther.