Marvel’s Spider-Man Homecoming: A Superhero Movie Overload?

The superhero movie publishing behemoth, Marvel, has recently released the official trailer for one of its upcoming summer blockbusters; Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Set for a July release, Homecoming will be one of eight superhero films to be hitting the big screen in 2017.

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From 1980-2000 there were around 30 superhero movies released.

But from 2000-2020 we will have seen up to 80 comic book based movies which begs the question; is the genre becoming too saturated?

Film critic, Lee Ford, said: “Whilst the genre is being done well, you’re going to get a lot of superhero movies. But eventually, there will be a tipping point.

“It’s a genre where it has caught up with technology and that’s part of the reason why it’s a lot more prevalent today.”

He added: “As long as they’re entertaining and aren’t too ‘fan-boy’ focused, as Batman v Superman was, they’ll do well.

“It will only start to fade after they stop being good – which is what it comes down to; they’re good films.”

In 2013 Steven Spielberg compared superhero movies to Westerns, a genre that was hugely popular in the 1950’s and 60’s.

He said that the popularity of certain types of films can only last so long until something new comes and takes over.

Out of the six comic book movies released this year, Suicide Squad, X-Men: Apocalypse and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were widely considered bad films despite not being financial failures.

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Maybe that tipping point isn’t as far away as it seems.

What do you think – Is this the golden age of superhero movies or is the end in sight?


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