Hey all, PCR here.
For a while now, people have been talking about, or discussing Superhero Movie Burnout. This likely more pertains to the MCU as they have the bulk of Superhero Movies out and.. I think there’s something to it and there’s blame to lay.. but.. just like the Y in Madisynn.. it’s not where you think.
When the MCU first started, there was nothing else like it. It was new… fresh… one couldn’t really compare it to anything because.. well, there was nothing like it to compare to. 10 years later, with the culmination of the Infinity Saga in Endgame.. MCU 1.0 came to an end in my opinion. The issue now is a lack of evolution. Folks loved RDJ as Iron Man, Hemsworth as Thor, Boseman as Black Panther, Johansson as Black Widow, Evans as Cap.. etc, etc. Now however, the next ‘phase’ of the MCU will need to lean on new people. Doctor Strange is solid and in good hands with Bibblebop Thundergun, but Marvel seems intent on forging forward in a similar fashion as the first 10 years and.. the question is… will audiences be into Ironheart replacing Iron Man? Shuri as Black Panther? Sam as Cap? It’s a huge ask and, while it’s done in comics on a semi regular basis… comics don’t pull in *nearly* the money for a brand that movies do. Might it be time to change the MCU formula?
I don’t know what the right answer is, but what I DO know, as someone who saw 95% of the run up to Endgame in theaters… I just have no urge to see a Cap movie with Sam (you can listen to our “Bottom 5 : Actors” episode if you haven’t to hear why), nor do I care to watch a movie with Kate as Hawkeye, or Ironheart and on and on. It was the original actors who created the interest, and the casting was impeccable. These actors? While I might power through a 4-6 episode series on a streaming service from the comfort of my own home.. they sure don’t have the pull to put my ass in a movie theater seat.
So I think Marvel in general has some considering to do, and I honestly think they’ll come to realize that when the next Captain America movie comes out.
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