What with the over-saturated market in Superhero movies that appears to be currently happening, it should really make you wonder why these Superhero movies appeal to people, or what makes them do so. No, doesn't make you wonder? Let's get right into it.
Over the next 5 years, there are due to be 38 Superhero movies released. Yeah, 38. I know right? What a time to be alive.
Anyway, these movies will mostly be sequels of an already established storyline, such as Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1 and Part 2), The Amazing Spiderman 3 (is that still going forward? I'm confused), and X-Men: Apocalypse. As these are sequels to movies that are/will be amazing, they will naturally attract very large audiences, and as these audiences will go to see these big "phase defining" movies, they will also naturally go and see all the others, to stick with the storyline. This whole Cinematic Universe thing is really working out to be very profitable.
These sequels therefore will naturally appeal to the audiences, of course, but what is it that makes this genre of movie so profitable and popular? What is it that rakes in the audiences? These movies aren't just for kids anymore, some contain very dark themes (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), lewd humour (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and some even receive academy awards (The Dark Knight).
Superheroes, in general cover a lot of ground. By ground I mean they cover a lot of different themes and genres. For example, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was an action movie with Socio-Political thriller elements to it, whilst Guardians Of The Galaxy was a Comedic Space-Opera. The fact that all of these movies cover a lot of ground makes them appeal to audiences who may not like action movies, but enjoy a Sci-fi spin to them (Iron Man), or the exact opposite. This is what, in my mind, gives these movies marketing profitability, as well as enables them to appeal to children as well as adults.
Of course, different studios will aim there movies for a different audience, for examples DC have a far darker feel to their movies (judged on the Nolan trilogy). They take their characters, who would normally be seen as more appealing to children (in comics), and put their personality/life on screen, and spin it out to give it a darker feel to it (for example in Man Of Steel). The future of the DC Cinematic Universe looks quite gloomy and serious too. Marvel Studios have traditionally had quite serious themes, overlayed with comedy, for example in Iron Man. FOX also seem to have a darker tone to their movies.
The fact that these movies are prejudiced because "comics are for kids" is complete and utter blasphemy. These movies appeal to children, as they take their favourite comic book character and put them on screen, surrounded by other characters, as well appealing to adults simultaneously, by including more serious aspects to the movies.
I hope this was worth the read.