Just as there's a subtle outcry for a hero. Hence the current MCU and DC-films being hugely popular.
Observation learned people seem to lack strong persons in their lives. A decent "parent" for guidance and reliance. Something which stills the nagging insecurity in their minds. Not necesarily something perfect, but something to relate to and find comfort.
Be it to shun and to look up to. In a world of grey and mixed colour there seems a whole lot of black and white missing.
Ut vivat, crescat et floreat