Or it could be that I do Dramatica analysis for a living, built an app from the ground up that does the same thing and is one short of 400 separate analyses -- 50 of which I completed on my own, and have written hundreds and hundreds of articles and analyses and blog posts for the past 12 years all centered on the Dramatica theory of story.
I saw I, Tonya last night--thought it was tremendous and so engaging that I wasn't thinking storyform while watching it. Afterwards, I just figured Ahh, it's a documentary, there really wasn't a story--until I visited the water closet. Halfway through--without even consciously thinking of it--the entire storyform hit me.
In other words - I have enough Experience with Dramatica to know that a Marvel comic book movie explores conflict in the Physics Domain. You can see it from the trailer. Plus, I've heard enough to know that he argues with his brother over how to lead the country--at least, that's what I'm guessing - which would fit with a Relationship Story in Psychology.
I could be wrong about the MC in Universe - I was basing that on the fact that he's king or the son of a king. But if enough people present convincing arguments of him in Be-er, then I could see how that works as well. Does he change into his position as king or accept his role as king, I don't know...? (Mind to Universe).
Probably would help if I actually go see the thing.
The ability to assess Domains from a trailer doesn't take away from the experience of the story. I haven't read War and Peace, but I know enough about Dramatica to know that you can't have the OS in "Situation" and the MC in Universe (original terminology, people!).
You know I love you--but the only people who say this are people who can't get enough objectivity from the experience of a story to tell the true nature of conflict from a Dramatica point-of-view. They think a Dramatica storyform is subjective interpretation. It's not.
Or, they could be a sophisticated way to describe genre beyond "superhero" movies. Dramatica was not designed to generate new ways of telling stories--it was designed to appreciate why and how stories work.
Saying the Domains are an "unnecessarily complicated way to refer to a genre" is like saying that Main Character Resolve and Main Character Growth are unnecessarily complicated ways to refer to character arc. Many would agree with you--but such is Dramatica.
So yes, most--if not ALL--superhero movies place the Overall Story Throughline in PHYSICS and the Main Character Throughline in UNIVERSE.
Just like most--if not ALL--coming-of-age movies place the Overall Story Throughline in PSYCHOLOGY and the Main Character Throughline in UNIVERSE.
Genre is a result of narrative dynamics and concerns--not a storytelling label for Amazon or Barnes & Noble organizing purposes.
If you're writing an action/adventure why would you put the Overall Story in Mind? Your audience expects Physics--unless you're doing it for shock value or hubris, you're going to lose them.
The same reason we debate Domains all the time in User Group meetings and GROUP analyses--because it forces you to step outside of your own subjective interpretations and appreciate your own blind spots.
I only stepped in when I saw the conversation going off the rails--plus, I thought it would be funny to say.
But you'll see that I defaulted the MC to UNIVERSE because of my own bias--because of my own experience with hundreds of stories from a Dramatica point-of-view.
We debate for greater understanding. And because it's fun to see the narrative code of story.