Autism superhero seen in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie

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The director of “Guardians of the Galaxy” has posted an interesting update from a woman who took her autistic brother to see the film. His positive reaction to the movie has inspired other families who have children with autism to consider watching it. Drax the Destroyer is featured in the film and is a comic book character, but he has a powerful impact on at least one child with autism.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is based on the Marvel Comics and is considered a fun superhero film with a rating of PG-13. James Gunn has mentioned how the movie has influenced an autistic boy who felt a connection to Drax the Destroyer. After watching the film, his sister has noticed he feels inspired by a scene involving metaphors. The autistic boy pointed out that Drax has problems understanding metaphors, and he shares the same issue.

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Although the sister has not shared the boy’s name, she did mention he now feels people with autism can be superheroes. There have been other films featuring characters with disabilities, but the sister does not believe a movie has selected someone with autism to be a hero in recent years. It is not easy to find encouragement in modern films for families who have autistic children, so Drax is a positive step in the right direction.

If you are considering taking your autistic child to see the “Guardians of the Galaxy,” then it is important to keep the following tips in mind. The movie is rated PG-13 and has multiple action sequences. There is also some crude commentary with profanities, but the general tone is meant to be funny. You may also want to search for local sensory friendly movie theaters or special screenings at regular theaters that cater to the needs of families with autism.

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