Seemingly everyone has an opinion on superhero movies nowadays. Despite the fact that the likes of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman have grossed $1.289 billion in 2017 so far, various filmmakers have recently voiced their dismay at the sheer amount of superhero films that are released in cinemas on a yearly basis. Mark Hamill has now joined in this debate, and he has opined that there are just too many superhero films being released in cinemas at the moment.
Mark Hamill believes that there has been an “over-saturation” of superhero movies, while his comments also suggested that he thinks that the storytelling in these efforts is sub-par, as he insisted that films of this ilk rely on “gimmicks” to appeal to such a wide audience. However, despite these rather harsh comments, Mark Hamill noted that he is still a big fan of the genre, even going as far as to call them “fantastic.”
“I don’t know what’s going on with superhero movies. They’re fantastic, but I think we’re reaching a point of oversaturation. So that’s why the story is so important, is that the gimmicks and all that, they can only take you so far. That’s what I want, better stories.”
Mark Hamill made these candid remarks to USA Today. And he clearly believes that there are so many superhero films in the cinematic ether that audiences will soon grow tired of the genre in the near future. On the face of it, you can see where Mark Hamill is coming from with his comments, too.
Since Iron Man’s release back in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown exponentially. So far, there have been 15 installments to the MCU, which have grossed a combined total of $11.7 billion at the box office. Because of this huge success, Marvel plans to release three new films a year all the way through to 2019. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has followed suit with the DC Extended Universe, which has so far just consisted of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and, most recently, Wonder Woman. They will release a new superhero film every year, and that amount is only likely to grow, too.
At the same time, 20th Century Fox is still working hard on the X-Men franchise, too, which includes Deadpool and The New Mutants. Sony has recently announced their plans to expand the Spider-Man universe, which will see sequels to Homecoming and a Venom spin-off. That’s an awful lot of superhero movies. However, audiences continue to go and see these releases in their droves, which suggests that Mark Hamill’s prediction is still probably a little wide of the mark. For the moment at least, anyway.
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