Superhero Movies Are About To Become Passé (Or Maybe Not)
Financial analyst Vasily Karasyov is predicting that superhero movies are going the way of the dodo. “The nature of any IP re-exploitation cycle (be it DVD, CDs, iTunes or superheroes) is such that despite how long it lasts, it ultimately fades,” he says, and the film industry is now at the “tail end of the process.” Karasyov warns that this poses risks for movie studios’ profits.
Karasyov points to diminishing box office sales for the Spider-Man franchise as well as various Marvel movies. Germain Lussier at io9 points out, though, that Karasyov compares the box office for the second installment of the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise to the 2002 and 2007 Tobey Maguire-led films, as well as comparing the box office for “The Avengers” to those of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and, of all things, “Ant-Man.” As Lussier says, “Guardians” was a risk to take and did way better than expected, and for some of these movies, “quality was an issue.”
Besides, Karasyov said essentially the same thing 2011 – that we should watch out for the “death of superheroes.” Four years later, it seems like maybe Karasyov is just on the hater bandwagon. There are plenty of superhero movies slated through the next four years, and I know that, personally, I’m still looking forward to “Dr. Strange,” “Suicide Squad,” “Wonder Woman,” “Justice League,” “Lego Batman” (hey, man, the Lego Batman video game is hella fun and you have to admit that you loved “The Lego Movie”), “Aquaman” (featuring Khal Drogo), “Gambit,” and, of course, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s filmic interpretation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. And maybe, in 2018, Vasily Karasyov will still be saying the same old thing.
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