The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a staple of the entertainment industry for over a decade, captivating audiences with its epic storylines and beloved characters. However, in recent years, fans have begun to question the future of the franchise. Although the quality of the movies and series released post-Endgame appears to have been in decline, Kevin Feige’s confidence in the longevity of the comic book movie genre is quite solid.
Kevin Feige’s Assurance: The Longevity of the Comic Book Movie Genre
In an appearance on The Movie Business Podcast, Kevin Feige addressed the question of the genre’s longevity that has been circulating for the past two decades. He stated,
“I’ve been at Marvel Studios for over 22 years, and most of us here at Marvel Studios have been around a decade or longer together. From probably my second year at Marvel, people were asking, ‘Well, how long is this going to last? Is this fad of comic book movies going to end?”‘
Kevin Feige likened the question to asking if films based on novels could ever lose popularity. He said,
“I didn’t really understand the question. Because to me, it was akin to saying after Gone With the Wind, ‘Well, how many more movies can be made off of novels?’ Do you think the audience will sour on movies being adapted from books?”
Moreover, he added,
“You would never ask that because there’s an inherent understanding among most people that a book can be anything. A novel can have any type of story whatsoever. So it all depends on what story you’re translating. Non-comic readers don’t understand that it’s the same thing in comics.”
Marvel movies have been around since Captain America in 1944. However, the current Marvel Cinematic Universe series has seen a surge in popularity since Iron Man was released in 2008. Kevin Feige’s statement suggests that as long as the stories are engaging and well-told, the comic book movie genre will continue to thrive.
MCU in Decline: Fans Question the Franchise’s Future
Despite Kevin Feige‘s unwavering assurance in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have not been entirely pleased with the current state of the franchise. The quality of the movies and series released post-Endgame appears to have been on the decline. Beginning with She-Hulk‘s subpar visual effects and underdeveloped plot, to Thor: Love and Thunder‘s lackluster reception, the MCU seems to be on a downward trajectory.
Though productions such as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, and Ms. Marvel have been met with positive reception, they have not been able to compensate for the less-than-stellar releases.
Overall, fans are left questioning whether the MCU can return to its former glory and live up to the high standards set by its preceding films. With the hype around Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and other upcoming projects, there is some hope left for MCU. Fans look forward to more exciting and action-packed films in the future.
Source:The Movie Business Podcast