There is Killmonger, The Black Panther, and the Heart-Shaped Herb. There’s Star-Lord, Groot, and the Ravagers. And there’s Iron Man, Thor, and the Infinity Stones.
You have Disney and Warner Bros. Marvel Studios and DC Films. Titans of the film industry. There’s nothing they can’t do. The possibilities are endless.
But wouldn’t it be amazing if these filmmaking giants joined forces and…
…stopped making superhero movies altogether?
Quite frankly, it’s getting a little out of hand. Since 2010, there have been 35 superhero movies released by DC and Marvel. And that doesn’t include the seemingly endless amount of spinoff TV series available on Netflix, cable, and various other networks.
How much longer can Hollywood continue to milk this craze? Let’s take a look at one instance.
In 2000, Marvel released X-Men. Then, they followed up with X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and Logan (2017).
And if you thought the series was finished (like many did in 2006 with The Last Stand), you are sadly mistaken. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to release in February 2019, followed by The New Mutants and a Gambit spinoff film.
After all of this, X-Men fans can quench their thirst for more mutant madness with FX’s Legion or Fox’s The Gifted.
The entertainment industry is showing no signs of slowing down, with plans to broaden their pantheon of superheroes in the coming years.
At this rate, we will know every detail about every comic book hero that ever existed. Their mother’s maiden name, their bathroom habits, and even their favorite breakfast cereal.
The problem with these films is not with the unbelievable stories, the studios, or even the actors themselves. It’s the lack of originality.
Now, when you walk into a movie theater, on top of the latest superhero releases, you see remakes, reboots, and special effects bonanzas.
Gone are the days of small budget success stories. Instead of taking a chance on an original script, studios are apt to throw big bucks at their sure thing. Superhero franchises are the cash cows of the modern Hollywood studio, almost always generating a steady return.
But who could blame them? At the end of the day, all that matters is the bottom line. And if people keep buying tickets to see these films, they’ll keep on making them.
If you believe in originality and substance, films with true meaning and real emotion, you’ll stop spending your hard-earned cash on superhero movies.
Enough is enough. It’s time for a change.