Superhero movies and TV shows have been around for a long time, but in recent years there has been a huge increase in the hype and popularity has risen.
But it was the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that brought the trend to the height of success that the superhero genre has now.
Though Marvel had released films of their comic book characters before, such as Daredevil in 2003, the MCU didn’t begin until 2008 with the release of Iron Man. Since then the MCU has grown and expanded across many movies and TV shows and have dominated the box office for the last decade.
Within Marvel, there is the Avengers series as well as the X-Men series, with multiple movies and franchises that are all part of a bigger story. The characters are mentioned or even appear in other movies for other characters. There have also been movies where a big group of characters come together for one movie, such as Avengers Assemble or most recently Avengers: Infinity War.
Also in the superhero genre is the DC Universe (DC) where characters from the DC Comics are brought to life, including Batman, Superman, Aquaman and Wonderwoman. They have also release movies where the characters come together such as Justice League.
With these two major companies, there has been a tidal wave of superhero content being released, with movies, TV shows and video games being released yearly. With reboots and new versions coming out every couple of years. There have been three Spiderman franchises in the last 20 years and already DC are looking to replace Ben Affleck as Batman for a new round of movies.
The new versions and reboots mean that there is a continuous stream of superhero movies coming out which means that the genre will stay alive and popular for a long time.
Though the height of the popularity can decrease, there will always be people who love the stories and the characters and want to see them live on. On the flip side, there could be people who don’t want their favourite movies to be ruined with new reboots, or they don’t want to see anyone else paying their favourite character than the actor playing them now.
That won’t stop Marvel and DC, who are under Disney and Warner Bros., from releasing new movies and TV shows in the future, especially when they know that it would be a box office hit. So it’s no surprise that these companies are taking advantage of the popularity to make money, but with the effort they put into the production, casting and plot details it seems like the companies are releasing these movies to please and entertain fans and not just to make a lot of money
Though the genre is at a level of high popularity it hasn’t stopped shows from being cancelled. Netflix’s Daredevil lasted three seasons before it was cancelled in 2018, despite the fact it had high ratings, from fans and critics. Netflix has recently announced that they are cancelling Marvel’s The Punisher, whose second season was only just released on the streaming service, and Jessica Jones.
Even with the superhero shows being cancelled the movies are still as popular as ever, there are three Marvel movies set to be released just this year alone, including the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, whose plotline determines what future movies and characters will be made in the years to come.
The superhero genre is currently at an all-time high and doesn’t seem to be slowing down in the near future, it can only get bigger and better and the end is not anytime soon.
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