Ever since the 2000 blockbuster, X-Men, superhero movies have been on the rise. Since then the question has been asked, when will this huge trend stop? Well do you want to know my prediction? Of course you do, if you didn’t you wouldn’t be reading this. I think that the answer is too long to explain, so I’ll create a time line and maybe that will help me. This time line shows how successful movies from 2010 to 2013 will be.
*Kick Ass was a surprise hit. It was made on a budget of 28 million and grossed over 95 million. The movie was well received, enough for it to garner a sequel out in 2012.
*Iron Man 2 received decent reviews and is one of the highest grossing movies of this year. They’ve already speculated the Iron Man 3 will be released 2013.
*The Losers was a pretty well hyped movie that didn’t do as well as DC Entertainment expected. Most movie goers didn’t even realize the movie was based on the comic book. The film barely broke even in gross and received mixed reviews.
*Jonah Hex has received terrible reviews and the small amount of people who claimed to buy tickets say that they walked out midway through the movie. Don’t expect a sequel anytime soon.
*Red is a currently unreleased movie starring Bruce Willis. I did not know about this movie until 20 minutes before writing this. From what I’ve read though it looks like it could make DC Entertainment some money. I expect the movie to make better sales than Jonah Hex, but nothing compared to Iron Man.
This year was/will be decent for superhero movies. Some will blame the recession on the less than average turn out while others will blame poor promotion.
*Thor will probably be the lowest grossing superhero movie of 2011. Some cite its ridiculous costumes and less than popular storyline as the main reasons. It’ll raise some doubt if the Avengers movie will succeed.
*Captain America: The First Avenger will be a hit. People will still wonder why Marvel cast Chris Evans as one of the most popular superheros of all time, but his acting will hopefully be better than The Fantastic Four. It’ll gain average reviews and probably be the highest grossing superhero film of the year.
- *Green Lantern will also be a hit, Ryan Reynolds was well liked as Deadpool and he is a fairly decent actor. Like Captain America, the movie will receive decent reviews.
- *X-Men: First Class will do well, though success is not guaranteed as fan favorite, Wolverine is not in it. This may not sound like a big deal, but the other movies were so well liked because of him. Luckily, they’ve recast the characters, but they say this isn’t a series reboot.
Superhero movies will start to see a drop in movie goers around this time. The drop will be slight, but it will be noticed by movie critics and fans who eagerly look to see what the #1 movie in America is.
*The Dark Knight sequel will most definitely be a hit, though it probably won’t gross as much as The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan says this will be his last Batman movie, so expect lots of action and good reviews.
*Untitled Spider-Man reboot will do well, people will mostly see it to see if Marvel saved the series or undoubtedly ruined it even more. I think people will criticize the new Spider-Man/Peter Parker, as he will be compared to Tobey Maguire.
*The Man of Steel, the next Superman movie that not many have heard about, will probably be the lowest grossing superhero movie of the year. When it comes to Superman movies, no one cares to watch. This may be because Superman is practically invincible and having him fight someone wielding Kryptonite just gets boring. The movie will receive decent reviews though, as it is being written by the guy who wrote The Dark Knight.
*The Avengers will be the highest or second-highest grossing movie of the year. It will be praised due to its smorgasbord of well-known actors and actresses but it will point out weak links such as Thor’s Chris Hemsworth.
This will be the last year of huge Superhero movies. The Avenger will probably spawn a sequel or two, though as time goes on, more actors may decide not to return.
2013 and onward:
*Iron Man 3 may end up being the last huge Superhero movies. Robert Downey Jr. will be excellent, as always, but the film will have a decent gross and be well received by critics.
Superhero movies will always be known as recession proof movies, as they help people forget the tough times they are going through. Much like comic books during the other recessions and such. These movies will lose their “pizzazz” once everyone gets back on their feet. However, I don’t think Superhero movies will ever be the worst grossing franchise as they’ve been churning out decent movies since the 1980’s which proves that people will always love caped vigilantes in small doses.