New Study Reveals That Marvel And DC Comic Book Heroes Are More Violent Than Their Villains

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Thanos might technically be the big bad of Avengers: Infinity War, but even after turning a majority of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy into dust with a snap of his fingers in the Marvel movie, the Mad Titan's title as a villain still depends and the perspective that he's being weighed in.

The Pennsylvania State University presented a new study at the American Academy of Pediatrics (via IFLScience) and it looks like the study's findings claim that while some villains might have a skewed moral compass, however, heroes actually carry out more violence than their baddies overall.


Pennsylvania State University's researchers went through 20 of the top-gross superhero films from both Marvel and DC between 2015 and 2016, watching films like Age of Ultron, Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The researchers then tried to categorize the major characters into good guys/ protagonists and bad guys/antagonists, breaking down the actions of each character in the film.

The results turn out to be pretty surprising. While baddies usually averaged 18 violent acts per hour, good guys expressed violence 23 times per hour in the films that were reviewed. Not only that, but the protagonists were also more likely to be seen in the films fighting at twice the rate of the antagonists, using lethal weapons during their battle and destroying property while they were at it.

This is pretty interesting information. Turns out the heroes are the heaviest perpetrators of violence in comic book movies. However, fans could argue differently for baddies like Thanos. Sure, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy might have violently try to put the Mad Titan to an end, but Thanos' kill count was already pretty high even at the start of Infinity War.

The only question left now is whether the Avengers might be able to bring some of the dead back in Avengers 4.

Avengers 4 hits cinemas May 3, 2019.

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