Deryck Hodge is a free/open source software dev and a fan of comics, games, and media. One day he may actually be creative himself.
[…] superhero films offer a shared, faithless, modern mythology, through which these truths can be explored. In our increasingly secular society, with so many disparate gods and different faiths, superhero films present a unique canvas upon which our shared hopes, dreams and apocalyptic nightmares can be projected and played out.
(From a Guardian article about why superhero movies should not be scorned. Via Comic Book Resources.)