Why are Superhero Movies Dominating the Box Office?
If you don't live under a rock like Patrick Star, you might have noticed the surge of superhero movies and all around 'nerd culture' throughout the masses in recent years. People waiting in lines to watch the latest Avengers and Justice League movies, and selling out theaters for Black Panther and Deadpool. But... why?
Let's start off with a little nostalgia, shall we? Do you remember the days when you used to get bullied for reading comic books on the bus? Or being publicly ridiculed for wearing a Batman shirt to school? If you don't, you were probably born into this new, fantastical era, where being a 'nerd' or a 'geek' is actually pretty cool! More and more fans of the genre are creeping out from the depths of our mom's basement, action figures in hand, and taking over mainstream media. Movies, TV shows, Video Games, Action figures, even LUNCH BOXES, they really make everything these days. The 'superhero genre' has been climbing the popularity chart since the 1980's!
Graphics wise, we have come a long way since the 1978 Superman movie staring Christopher Reeve, and even longer since the first comic book he was featured in. Which if you were wondering, it was Action Comics: Issue #1, dated June 1938. If you're not great with math, that's 80 years of comic books! So don't worry if your favorite character dies in a movie... They'll be back.
Why are there so many 'thought provoking, expertly filmed indie movies' how are these comic book movies doing so much better in the box office?
Well, my dear, sweet hipsters, we've come to a time in society where all we want from popular media is escapism. Those of you who love psychological think pieces, and profound cinematic experiences can most defiantly find those in the wild, but, what the mass majority want from movies now days is action, comedy, and good story!
Let's face the facts, most superheroes, excluding Deadpool, feature family kid-friendly movies that you can take the whole family to see, and everyone leaves happy, or in the case of some of the recent movies with not-so-happy endings, we have the expectation of another movie. Like with the ending of Avengers: Infinity war, NO SPOILERS, but I know we all left the theater speculating what will happen in the next movie. I'll leave it at that for anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet. In which case, get on that, like, now!
Well... What about Deadpool? He's not family friendly!
Good point self, who just wrote that question 3 seconds ago. Deadpool is personally one of my favorite superhero franchises, from his two hilarious movies, and fantastic video game, which you can get for Playstation 4 and Xbox one right now, he reaches the population of comic fans who love crude humor, and enjoy laughing at common superhero tropes. If you do not own some of his comic books, wow, what a fake fan... They are fantastic, you should visit your local comic book store! I have always found that DC comics takes their movies a little more serious than Marvel. I love both, don't get me wrong, but most marvel movies get a chuckle out of me even in some more serious moments. I mean, we are watching grown men in tights fighting bad guys, you can't take yourself too seriously.
You mentioned Black Panther selling out theaters, is that true?
Speaking of profound cinematic experiences, I'd like to just give Black Panther a shout out. It has a 97% on rotten tomatoes, which is one of, if not the highest rated superhero movies. Which is absolutely fantastic if you ask me! As a minority, I find that there isn't a lot of ethnic representation in 'nerd culture', besides maybe Grand Theft Auto V, but let's not discuss how one of the few games where you can play as a man of color involves stealing cars and robbing people, we'll save that for another article. What I do like about Black Panther, is bringing some light to a righteous, strong-willed superhero for kids of color to look up to. Especially for those who maybe don't feel like they have the best representation as a black male in 2018. They do focus a lot on African culture, which follows the actual comic pretty well, and maybe will spark an interest with a few new fans. I found that this movie, as well as his appearances in Civil War and Infinity Wars, do not make him a stereotype in today's idea of 'urban culture,' which is refreshing. I remember also being excited when I first heard about Zoe Saldana playing Gamora... even though she is painted green. We defiantly can't forget about Halle Berry playing Storm and Catwoman... Let's hope they never need to cross paths. Much like Deadpool and Green Lantern. What an unlikely duo they would be... actually, let's make it happen. TAKE MY MONEY MARVEL!
So, answer the question already, why are superhero movies so popular?!
Well... It seems like everybody is a nerd now, so... why not? :)