Are superhero movies getting old?

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Are superhero movies getting a little old? Even predictable?

Are superhero movies getting a little old? Even predictable?

Are superhero movies getting a little old? Even predictable?

Adam Egan, Staff Writer

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We’ve been living in the age of superhero films dominating the box office for quite a few years now, smashing records for theater attendance rates and attracting more A-List actors than ever to get involved with the cash cow. But with the roster of superhero films within both Marvel and D.C’s film franchises growing pretty heavily, the question rises if anyone is getting tired of the capes and tights?

It’s kind of hard to deny that with the number of movies that are being put out by these huge franchises that a bit of a pattern seems to be showing up on these heroes’ arcs. While there are definitely some exceptions to this ongoing pattern, I’ve identified 5 steps that a lot of these films seem to follow

  1. Protagonist is introduced with a few problems in their life; they don’t feel whole or don’t seem to be living the life that they want to live for both them and their loved ones.
  2. Some miraculous event/situation occurs, blessing the protagonist with some sort of power or technology that allows them to do their superhero things.
  3. The new hero struggles with his newfound powers, not sure what to do with them and how to integrate them in their everyday life. Usually will try and reject them completely at one point, not wanting a part of it.
  4. Antagonist is introduced with some evil plot, usually related to the protagonist’s powers or the situation that the current protagonist has put themselves in.
  5. Protagonist has to rise up and accept their new powers, fighting the antagonist in some epic CGI battle where the hero will prove victorious. This establishes them as their current hero role and makes them feel a sense of belonging.

Again this does not completely represent every superhero movie ever made; however, it does seem to be pretty representative of the majority at this point. I know for certain that I am not the only one who has recognized the pattern, yet now the question arises if that the movies’ simplicity makes them worse in the eyes of the public.

The straight answer to this is no, and that people are actually loving superhero movies more than ever at this point and I’ll tell you why. The expanded universe of heroes that Marvel and DC are creating has people completely sucked into ever little part of it so that they won’t miss out on any of the secrets or plot points being folded into their big pictures. The movie Ant Man is a perfect example of this as the movie made millions of dollars, and in my opinion follows my pattern near perfectly. Everyone felt that seeing the movie was another puzzle piece to the picture that Marvel is trying to make, not wanting to miss out on any hidden secrets that it might have to offer.

Now I personally love a lot of superhero movies that are coming out still, movies like Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the huge cluster of heroes in the Avengers movies always prove to be really fun to watch. What’s important to me is that the coming movies find new and exciting ways to differentiate themselves from the rest, really focusing on making the best individual movie possible rather than making a good puzzle piece to fit in with the rest.

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