Superhero movies have become their own mass production industry – The Brock Press


There is a sure-fire formula for box office success in the movies today and it’s called endless superhero adaptations.

If we take seriously what cultural critic Mark Fisher has said about our current moment in history being unable to create the “new”, then there is no better place to look to confirm this frightening idea. than the massively popular superhero movie industry that has proliferated. over the past decade.

Fisher is inspired by the dystopian film Children of men, in which there is a museum that has historical relics from the 20th century, all gathered to be preserved in the midst of a socio-economic breakdown, but there is no explanation as to why the outage occurs. The museum clings to which culture was because it is slowly emptied of its coherent progression due to the swallowing of creativity in a world which can endlessly reproduce and accelerate the styles of the past. He sees it as comparable to where we are now culturally, “we don’t need to see Children of men in the near future to get to see this transformation of culture into museum pieces.

With several new Marvel or DC movies coming out each year, and the same rinse-and-repeat plotline running through them just about all, it’s no wonder these movies are so popular; become the closest thing to a popular cultural event that can break through almost any demographic. They remain among the only pieces of popular culture I can rely on to chat with, say, my dad as well as friends my age or the stranger I chat with at a bus stop. But why?

I think the answer lies in their safety. They can incorporate today’s memes and language into characters and storylines that hold nostalgic meaning for older generations. It’s a best of both worlds scenario. And this is why the analogy of the “cultural museum pieces” of Children of men works so well; what a Marvel movie can do is remind us of 20th century comic book subcultures while presenting those storylines in today’s context. Think to yourself how often a superhero movie actually challenges the places it comes from, other than maybe a cheap call for identity politics to satisfy liberal hysteria.

I can hear a voice tell me dead Pool is an example of a break in this pattern, but the revolution of dead Pool films is that they endlessly highlight the fact that they are breaking the rules through a myopic lens of irony and cynicism. The fourth wall rupture formula found in dead Pool is only a reminder that there seems to be nothing else as an alternative to these predictable hero or anti-hero movies than to poke fun at their predictability. It’s a silent defeat in a way, and that’s why dead Pool is treated as a cheap comedy. That we like the Dead poopI film or not, I would say that nobody leaves the cinema thinking that dead Pool actually challenged and thus ushered in a new approach to superhero movies. He laughs at them and runs away with the bag.

There are now 25 canonical movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since Iron Man released in 2008. We love these movies because they have a storyline, provide safe stories, an abundance of funny and ironic one-liners, and will reference something that adult audiences might not understand, like when Thor took played the popular Fortnite video game in one of the Avenger movie theater. Not to mention that the actors and actresses are always physically breathtaking.

But isn’t it fair to wonder when this train of remakes and spin-offs will end? Are we really happy with these movies or are we just comforted by them? I would say this is the last.


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