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Enliven Your Discussions of the Avengers Endgame Movie
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Looking for ways to discuss Avengers: Endgame with your students? Or suggestions on how they can learn more about themes revealed in the movie? Here are some suggestions on how students can use their Cengage Unlimited subscription to do just that.

 

 

Art History

 

A Dominican priest noticed that Thanos' gauntlet looks a lot like the hand of Saint Teresa of Avila. Students can learn all about Saint Teresa in Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Global History. Enter this ISBN to add Gardner's ebook to your Cengage Unlimited account.

 

Biology

 

How many Avengers have been thrown out into space? At least these: Hulk, Gamora, Quill, Dr. Strange and maybe Captain Marvel. So what would happen if you were exposed to space? Well, you wouldn't blow up (though you'd probably expand). Nor would you freeze instantly. Should you hold your breath in order to live long? Definitely don't do that. Learn more about what could happen in this article from Harvard University and then follow-up by researching the idea further in Human Biology by Starr and McMillan (9780357164556) .

 

Literature

 

Each of the Avengers are unique characters and if students want to do a character analysis of them they’ll find excellent guidance in Kirszner & Mandell Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Chapter 8 is devoted to exploring character and even contains a checklist students can use to analyze the motivations and personalities of the Avenger superheros. Put this ISBN in the search field: 9781337677325.  Thanks to professor Sherri Singer for this suggestion.

 

Math

 

avengersMath.pngHave you ever wondered what the statistical probability is for each Avenger surviving Thanos' snap? You probably haven't but in case you have you may want to check out this article and then learn more about probability in chapter 6 of Statistics Companion: Support for Introductory Statistics by Peck, Olsen and Short. Add this ISBN to your Unlimited search: 9781337794305 - Thx to Jennifer Fink with this idea!

 

Music

 

 

One aspect of films that really gets the audience excited is this music. The theme from the Avengers is rousing.

 

Here’s a clip from the Avengers theme:

 

Notice how it's similar to the theme from the Superman movie from 1978:

 

In fact, compare this brief clip from the very end of the Avengers theme:

 

to this brief clip from the very end of the Superman theme:

 

Similar? A little too similar perhaps? Is this musical plagiarism? Students can explore how music affects our emotions in chapter 30 (Music for Media, Film, TV and Games) of Wright’s Listening to Music ebook. Use this ISBN in your search: 9780357164341. Here's an idea for using music to teach students about plagiarism from professor Audrey Wick, one of our Faculty Partners.

 

Physics

 

There is a lot of talk about time travel in Endgame. The term “quantum realm” is spoken quite a number of times by our heroes. If students want to separate fact from fiction regarding topics like quantum mechanics and time dilation, they’d find clear explanations in in chapter 10 (Atomic Physics) of Inquiry Into Physics by Ostdiek and Bord. Use this ISBN: 9780357108840

 

Psychology

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Survivor Guilt - at the end of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos kills half the human population and many of the key characters in the Marvel Universe disappear in what appears to be a random fashion. What we see in Avengers: Endgame is that the remaining characters are each, in different ways, dealing with grief. Students can learn a great deal about how people deal with trauma and loss in chapter 9 of Death & Dying, Life & Living by Corr & Corr (Coping with Loss and Grief). Use this ISBN to find this title: 9780357165799. Thanks to professor Sherri Singer for this suggestion.

 

Gender Roles - you might have noticed in the movie that the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) spends her time trying to coordinate others to help Earth survive and she has always tried to keep the Avengers together. Iron Man and Quill on the other hand, are obsessed with anger and aren't very good at expressing their emotions.  Gender roles at work? Learn more about Gender roles in Janell Carroll's text, "Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity: 9780357163993.

 

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Archetypes - according to psychologist Carl Jung, we all have lots of archetypes in our collective unconscious. The Hulk, for example is the Shadow. As author Jerry M. Burger says in chapter 5 of his text on Personality, “...the shadow contains the unconscious part of ourselves that is essentially negative...the dark side of our personalities." Students can learn more about Jung's concept of archetypes by adding personality by Jerry M. Burger to their Unlimited homepage: 9780357164662

 

Sociology

 

It has been fascinating to watch how this movie has caught the attention of so many people around the world. Is this due in part to the influence of mass media? Marvel was actively promoting the Avengers on every possible social media channel such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc., in an attempt to create FOMO (fear of missing out). Students can learn more about the influence of mass media in chapter 3 of Kendall’s Sociology in Our Times. Use this ISBN in the search field: 035716749X

 

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Looking for more ideas? We've found connections like these in the movie Captain Marvel as well!

4 Comments
Contributor

In Economics, we can talk about comic strip movies is an oligopoly.  There are only two choices: DC and Marvel.

Frequent Commenter

I enjoy learning ways to relate current movies and events to different subjects. 

Contributor

Interesting - never thought that Avengers can be used in such varied ways in different classes. Need to think about a Business application but the statistics/probability one may work for the Business Statistics class. Something fun to think more about!

Commenter

Definitely a fun way to tie pop culture into the classroom.