The Marvel Cinematic Universe has paved the way for superhero films, which have become a mainstay of the Hollywood blockbuster industry. Some moviegoers and critics have begun to express dissatisfaction with the genre in recent years, a phenomenon they call ‘superhero movie fatigue.’ But can we take this at face value?
The success of James Gunn’s latest Guardians of the Galaxy film suggests that viewers care more about well-made films than they do about the genres in which they are presented.
The Superhero Movie Fatigue Phenomenon
Superhero films have been extremely successful at the box office over the past decade, with the MCU earning over $22 billion worldwide. However, some have argued that the genre has become oversaturated, with too many films being released yearly.
Many fans argue that many films in the genre have the same basic plot: the hero must defeat the villain and save the day. In addition, some believe Hollywood has become less diverse due to the popularity of superhero films, with production companies favoring expensive sequels and prequels over riskier, more creative works.
Some superhero movies, such as Justice League and Solo: A Star Wars Story, have underperformed at the box office as a reflection of this sentiment. Some have interpreted this as evidence of audience ‘superhero movie fatigue,’ the belief that people are growing tired of the genre and ready for something new.
However, fans of the superhero genre argue that there is no such fatigue but rather the need for good movies in this category.
There is no such thing as “superhero fatigue.”
Audiences just want good movies. pic.twitter.com/uhJmfPt1sL
— The Moonlight Warrior 🌙 (@BlackMajikMan90) May 7, 2023
Facts if one of these released every few months id be there opening weekend.
— Wolf (@thewolfofy) May 8, 2023
Exactly they can be good if they try and when they do it’s sweet as hell
— UltraPhantom (@JessyAraiza3) May 8, 2023
That and the fact people grew up. We don’t get entertained easily by kids movies. These are kids/families movies based of kids/families comics. We were amused at first. So us adults are pickier especially when we don’t have kids to take
— Angel (@AroundTheRandom) May 8, 2023
True. It's not superhero fatigue, it's mediocrity fatigue.
People have been claiming superhero fatigue for more than a decade
— A (@areeb1296) May 8, 2023
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been so successful because of the stories and characters it has introduced. The fact that they are superhero films has little to do with their success; rather, it is the films’ overall high quality.
Good films of any genre will find an audience. Box office successes and critical acclaim for films like Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Suicide Squad indicate that moviegoers are still very interested in the genre.
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Hit Home
Since its debut in 2014, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has been met with widespread acclaim and strong box office results. Audiences have come to love the films’ eccentric cast of characters and the special way they blend comedy, pathos, and action.
Fans were anticipating the third film’s release with great excitement after the success of the first two. After James Gunn’s dismissal from Disney over old, offensive tweets, development on the project was temporarily halted.
After an outcry from fans and cast members, Disney rehired James Gunn to direct the film. With Gunn’s return confirmed, interest in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 skyrocketed.
The first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been released, and it set the internet on fire with anticipation. The trailer was well-received by audiences, who hailed the film’s comedic timing, thrilling action, and nuanced emotional content, and predicted the movie’s commercial success. The movie itself undoubtedly lived up to the trailer’s hype.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now available to watch in theatres.