Blockbuster Summer: Superhero Nation

The new, sensitive incarnation of the Webbed Wonder reminds us how America likes its superheroes: human

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But video-game characters are, literally, dumb: they have no animating intelligence except what the player provides, and so--as in last year's Tomb Raider--their superpowers don't help in lifting heavy movie narratives. Instead, our decades-old comic heroes continue to move through the pop-culture cosmos--Ang Lee's The Hulk comes out next year--like the constellations, the movie shows of old in which people once inscribed the stories of their own superheroes. Then, as now, the lights would go dark, and people would gather round for stories they never got tired of.

--Reported by Andrew Arnold, Benjamin Nugent and Heather Won Tesoriero/New York

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