Everywhere you look, at any time of the year, there seems to be a new superhero movie ready to come out. We just saw Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Ant-Man and Deadpool, and Captain America: Civil War (new trailer below), Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad are already around the corner. Superheroes have become more than a trend, they're now one of the main genres to draw substantial numbers to the theaters.
Does the overload mean we're reaching an end to this genre, where every battle has been fought and too many characters have died that studios can keep on writing their stories? Or are we looking at exponential growth, where every bit of scenario that is added to one of these cinematic universes opens up new possibilities?
'Sky's The Limit'
Whether your personal feeling is tending more towards a sort of addiction or you're starting to be completely fed up with it all, don't expect the end of the mutant powers blockbusters era just yet. Robert Downey Jr., a.k.a Iron Man, Chadwick Boseman, a.k.a Black Panther, and the director who bossed them around all day on the set of Captain America: Civil War, Anthony Russo, all share the belief that the world's stock of superhero tales is far from empty.
The three teammates answered a question asked on Buzzfeed's Tumblr earlier this week:
"Sky's the limit," says Downey Jr.
Making Character-Based Stories
In an interview with Disney's D23 magazine (via Cinema Blend), Chris Evans explained how his character was at the center of the upcoming Captain America: Civil War:
"Even though there are a lot of characters, the focus is on Steve and his struggle. Especially his struggle with Tony Stark. […] There are events and people in his life that test him — that challenge him and force him to reevaluate who he is and what he wants out of life."
That's what Boseman and Russo's answers seem to be hinting at, too: if you're not making a movie just for the sake of making a superhero movie, and base it instead on a solid story that could happen to the characters even if they didn't have extraordinary powers, then you can keep on making these movies forever. Plus, the Marvel or the DC logo at the beginning of each have us forgetting that some of these movies are actually very different in genre.
In Russo's own words:
"I think we can all look forward to many more years of surprising and original superhero movies."