The Era of Superheros Is Over

The era of superheroes is coming to a close; no one is really excited about superheroes anymore and here’s why


Connor Smith, Reporter

Comic movies have pretty much ruled the cinema and pop culture for 20 years. Which, for most, is peoples entire childhoods. It’s easy to remember the first Iron Man movie. A cool, fun and mostly well-written story about a narcissistic billionaire putting on a suit of armor, killing a bunch of bad guys and learning personal responsibility for his actions. This sparked the fuse for superhero movies all over the world, creating Marvel, one the biggest franchises in history, which managed to make a following of turning these B-list heroes into household names. 

But just like with anything, nothing lasts forever. And when it comes to the comic book superhero, that time is coming up sooner than later. With time going by, people are losing interest in Marvel and superheroes, making Marvel lose money real fast with each passing project. But why is that? Why are superheroes movies dying out? Well, it’s best to go back to the beginning. 

Before superheroes were a thing, the cinema was a much simpler time back in the day. All starting from 1895, when the first camera and projector were made by the Lumière brothers, where silent films skyrocketed in popularity. But as soon as sound came into play, film turned to other genres such as horror, comedy and romance. And in the ‘70s, blockbusters became the new hype with movies like “Jaws” and “Star Wars.” And it finally came into a period of spaghetti western movies that basically ruled most of cinema for a long time. All these are classic by right, but what they all have in common is that they all had their time to shine in one way or another. And another common thing was they all died out in popularity. 

The superhero era has lasted a lot longer than any other genre. But It’s fair to say that Marvel itself isn’t looking good. After the big hype of “Avengers: Endgame,” which managed to be one the biggest movies in history, Marvel hasn’t exactly recreated the hype back up with phase 4.

Phase 4 managed to do the impossible and tear down 10 years of hard work with making every single mistake you can, making show after show and movies with little to nothing to do to propel the franchise further – Like “WandaVision,” “Loki,” “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Hawkeye,” “She-Hulk,” “Moon Knight” and “Miss Marvel” – all of which fail to live up to basic expectations and manage to be as entertaining as watching a 3-year-old baby draw over the Mona Lisa. 

Essentially, it feels like Marvel is run by a bunch of children. Creative teams are lopsided and uncoordinated, hiring a bunch of nobodies with no real professional credibility to their names only because they fill a diversity requirement, as well as making projects no one wants, like the “Agatha: Coven of Chaos” or “Echo.”

Speaking of things no one wants, James Gunn’s lineup for the reboot of DC is something no one is talking about. No one is hyped for projects such as the Creature Commandos about a group of randos that no one has heard of, especially when his approach was to completely get rid of key members of the Justice League such as Batman and Superman. Instead, his plan is to replace them with younger versions of them. And well, it’s meeted up with a muted receptionist. 

The superhero genre is saturated and over exhausted. No one is excited about superhero movies any more because people are tired of the same garbage over and over again. No one likes the modern take of these projects of piling political differences and agendas. 

Now, that’s not to say all superhero projects are going to be bad now. Shows like “The Boys” and “Invincible” on Amazon, prove that with the right team, you can make something spectacular and interesting. And there are definitely gonna be superhero movies being made still in the near future. But it’s clear that Marvel is past their prime years, and if they want to survive, they’re going to have to change the formula they have been using for the past seven years. People are starting to wake up to the nonsense that they have been trying to push out. What’s laughable is that Kevin Feige,principle of Marvel Studios, says he has plans for 20 years of Marvel projects. Ambitious as it is, let’s be honest, this will never really happen. 

Overall, people are tired of superheroes, and It’s time to put down the cape and go in a new direction. But who knows, maybe I’m wrong and Marvel will make a comeback and be making more stuff for 20 more years. But I wouldn’t gamble on that. Anyway, that’s about it, so long and goodbye, my friends.