It’s a big complaint nowadays, with many different celebrities from all walks of life complaining that Marvel, DC and others are taking over the cinema world.
It’s not even just celebrities complaining, it’s actually the normal general public, news publishers and others.
The real question is, are we though? Well, I don’t think so.
Let’s first take a look at it from a financial perspective. They make money. A LOT of money. I covered this in my latest Can It Be Justified episode which you can read here.
Let me just show you what’s in the top 10 according to Box Office Mojo.
1. Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564)
4. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens ($2,068,454,133)
5. Avengers: Infinity War ($2,048,359,754)
6. Avengers Assemble ($1,657,138,876)
(In the order they stand on the top 10 to save any confusion)
Four of the top 10 movies of the highest lifetime grossing are superhero or comic movies. You could even argue Avatar is in there despite James Cameron’s views on that.
Thinking of just four movies alone, combined they made £8,571,753,327. Let that just sink in a moment.
Showing the argument that these movies earn money, and I never even broke into what’s in the top 30 because there’s a lot of them in there. This proves one thing above all else – they earn this much because people ENJOY them.
That’s the literal end game for that. People always seem to take a dump on people for liking certain things. Granted, yes, not everything superhero-related is a success. There have been some major flops, but the statistics show that the majority of the content is incredibly well done.
Another thing to take note, you can ask anybody in a group of 4, and I can almost guarantee you, one person out of that 4 will say they’re sick of Hollywood remakes, rehashes, or the same old stories played out.
Because let’s be honest, ideas wise, there’s not a lot out there anymore. Whereas with this type of content, we’ve barely even touched the surface of the surface that needs to be broke. Why? Because there are literally thousands upon thousands of different comic books with different stories to tell.
Different characters with different backgrounds, different ideologies and methods. Whilst granted, sometimes the heroes are a little similar but they almost always have their unique points which is why they sell.
People think the MCU is done moving forward but is it though? They have a lot to explore, including the popular Secret Wars series. DC has the Crisis event (done right, and not like the CW), Sony has an entire Spider-verse backlog of stories to use. That’s it, and being brutally honest, with the rate of even now, new comics being released, they could never tell every story live-action in a hundred lifetimes.
We get our big-budget movies where we can immerse into the theatrical experience, and we get the shows we can watch at home. Whilst I agree there could be an argument there’s a lot of shows out there. However, look at it from this exact moment in time. What’s actually airing? The Mandalorian is all that we’re watching right now because it’s just simply perfect, but what else?
I’m 27 years old now, and I will be ecstatic if we continued to get release schedules like this for the rest of my life.
It’s an escape for me, the same way it is with many other people. The conversations that arise is phenomenal. Theory crafting, excitement, enjoyment, it’s all mostly good vibes in the die-hard fan community albeit a few idiots.
So, to go forward, I don’t think they’re being overdone. If anything, I believe in my opinion they’re being underdone. We could have more. I think we will, especially now Sony is jumping in with their Spider-verse content.
If you don’t enjoy it then that’s absolutely fine, move on. There’s no need to whine about it. If you enjoy it too then go you. I know it’s a fair contradiction that I could be whinging in this article, but it’s far from it. I guess I just get tired of people not seeing the bigger picture.