With the end of an era in terms of Marvel Movies, will the superhero genre keep going strong? Or will it slowly die down? For over a decade already, we’ve enjoyed heroes starting with Iron Man, to the latest addition that is Captain Marvel. There have also been a few non-Marvel movies playing in the side, introducing different characters.
Marvel led the superhero genre to where it is with its all-star cast of characters and heroes. However, with their three strongest hitters either being out for the count or altered, will they still be able to remain with their path, and a more general question would be, will superhero movies stay as strong as they are today?
Firstly, let’s look at the other heroes or superhero films that have been released in the past decade. In 2009, we had X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a messy pile of what should not have been. It was one of the worst films of the franchise, that everyone would remember.
Following that we had Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) and Green Lantern (2011), these two films were rated low by both critics and movie-goers alike. However, another movie that appeared in the same year was X-Men: First Class (2011), a reboot to the series, this movie was entertaining to say the least.
As for 2012, we had The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man. Both good films which let their characters shine properly. Highly rated films as well.
In 2013, we had a prequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, titled The Wolverine. And a brand new Superman called The Man of Steel. With the Wolverine being a redeeming factor of its previous movie, and The Man of Steel getting mixed reviews due to the actions of the hero.
2014 was the year of sequels for non-MCU movies. With the Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Then 2015 came, and we got another sad run of Fantastic Four, once more.
2016 had four different non-MCU movies showing. Three of which were… subpar, X-Men Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Then we had the one that was long awaited. Deadpool.
Nearing the end, 2017 was a strange year. As it started with Logan and Wonder Woman, both great films in the year, but to end with the disappointment that was Justice League was a bad move.
2018 had movies which were rated low by critics, but loved by the audiences. Venom, Aquaman, and Deadpool 2.
And we end with 2019. A disappointing end to the X-Men franchise once more with Dark Phoenix, but an interesting continuation of the DCEU with Shazam.
With the way that the movies flowed, I believe that the superhero genre will continue. Maybe even stronger than before. The decade that was used to set-up the MCU, would be a springboard and a standard for everyone else out there that wishes to make superhero movies.