I’ve been watching superhero films for a long time. Since I could walk. Once I saw Spider-Man back in 2002, I knew I was hooked for life. There’s something about the message and morals that superhero movies portray that stick with me much more than any other genre of films. In 2017, it’s hard to argue it’s the absolute greatest time in history to be a fan of the genre.
While some people argue that superhero films are becoming too over-saturated, I highly disagree. While the film industry is pumping out more superhero movies than ever, each film is breaking the mould of the genre, and every movie has its own feel to it. For instance, the early Thor and Captain America films did feel a little stereotypical. But with Thor: Ragnarok looking like a brand new feel to the series and Civil War being a triumphant milestone for the entire genre, it appears Marvel Studios (and DC Entertainment) have found a way to keep the genre moving forward. There’s no better example than the Guardians of the Galaxy; a comic series that was relatively not known of by the general public turned into a worldwide sensation overnight with their own standalone film back in 2014. Why? Because the film was amazing, but also because it took many un-contemporary approaches to the genre and made a unique story that hadn’t been told before.
It’s this formula that has been taking over the superhero movie genre for the past 5 years, even before Guardians of the Galaxy was released. With Logan being released in March, it gave the Wolverine character, who has been on the silver screen for the better part of the last two decades, a unique tale, and a new look to the character. Even with The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the iconic character has changed many times since the original X-Men movie was released in 2000. Let’s forget about that origins movie though.
Back to 2017, this theory is still in full swing. With Spider-Man: Homecoming, including Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther on way, Marvel Studios in particular, is finding unique ways to tell some fantastic stories through their comic heroes. While DC is still lagging behind a little bit with Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman gave the brand a sense of hope moving forward as well.
With the Infinity War set to smash the box office into pieces in 2018, it appears the genre isn’t going anywhere, any time soon. And that, is a great thing.