Contrary to where this blog post seems like it's headed, this is not a discussion of my musical tastes (that would just be confusing and strange and would be utterly irrelevant and get us nowhere). No, this is a discussion of the unusual instances where something becomes important to us but its source or appeal wanes and fades from us until one day, something triggers our memory of it and we remember how important it is to us. If there is a word for this experience, I would love to be enlightened and aware of its existence because I have no idea what this could be called.
But there's another example of this strange phenomenon that has hit me with a vengeance: that of my love for superheros.
For some reason or another, I left this interest behind me and moved on to other things (Star Wars, mostly, and then other Disney films). It wasn't really until the film X-Men was made that I found myself thinking, "Oh yeah, superheros, awesome." But I didn't have the quite the same fansqauee reaction to X-Men or The Fantastic Four or Spiderman that'd I'd had for Batman; there was no sense of glee and utter enrapture. I thought it was specifically Batman that fascinated me and thus Marvel and the rest of the DC universe didn't appeal. This was partially reaffirmed when Batman Begins and The Dark Knight came out. But these were darker, not like what I grew up with. So while I enjoyed seeing Batman again and loved the Joker, it was different, much different. It wasn't that I didn't like it; it was just that my fansqueeing "yay, superheros!" watching experience was much different. Mainly because my favorite character was the Joker, the villain, and I found myself complicatedly enraptured by the antithesis of whom I was supposed to be rooting for. Oops.
And then came Iron Man.
And then the consecutive Avengers movies started being released. Somewhere between seeing Captain America and finally renting Thor before The Avengers was released, I remembered my childhood fascination for Batman and realized I'd returned to it. Only this time the focus was on Marvel. But my favorite character, like when I'd watched The Dark Knight, wasn't necessarily the good guy.
In some mad combination of my earlier love for Batman and my new appreciation for the Joker in The Dark Knight, both Thor and The Avengers found a way to blend two aspects so that, I suppose, it was inevitable that I would A) become an Avenger fan, B) develop a great admiration for another British actor known for his kindness, intelligence, and cheekbones (what, is this a thing now?) and C) fall into the same boat that it seems 50%* of other Sherlock fans are in.