We have just recovered from the emotional release that was Spider-Man: Homecoming, finally getting over our obsession with Tom Holland (ha, who am I kidding, I’ll always be obsessed), and now Marvel are bringing back the feelings with Thor: Ragnarok. My heart physically cannot take all of these emotions in one go. It’s too much.
From the first release of Iron Man in 2008, my Dad and I have been dedicated fans to every Marvel film that has been made. We are those people that queue on the first day of the showing, chatting away about how excited we are. Even so, as we book the tickets, I find myself sitting there saying to my Dad: there are too many Marvel superhero films.
Every week there seems to be a new trailer for a new superhero film that will only add to the big pile of them Marvel has in their inventory. From the forthcoming Black Panther (you can bet I am excited for this) to the third instalment of the Avengers, Marvel seem to be showing no signs of slowing down. It’s ridiculous.
The worth is devalued by the sheer amount there already is.
If we detach ourselves from the hardcore fan inside of us, I think we can all admit that the quality of these films is deteriorating with each new release. The worth is devalued by the sheer amount there already is. Take Captain America: Civil War – it was just not as good as The Winter Soldier. Or, Avengers: Age of Ultron – this compared with the first one was a big disappointment. And it’s only going to get worse. Can we really trust the creators to make the next Guardians of the Galaxy just as funny as the last two? Will Deadpool 2 live up to the hype of the first one? It’s highly unlikely.
To add to this, the films all follow the same formulaic structure. They all depict a villain who was most likely wronged in the past and wants vengeance on all of humanity. A villain who these same typical superheroes need to get rid of to protect the world but in the process they will most likely end up destroying half the city. To me, it feels like every film I go to has the same plotlines, the same action – there is no originality and eventually, I can find myself and others simply just not going because I can guarantee I will know what will happen anyway.
Maybe it’s time for a break. Let’s switch things up and go see a horror movie for once, Jigsaw anyone? Nah, you’re right. Thor: Ragnarok it is. Too many or not, Marvel have me wrapped around their little finger.