Recently there’s been a lot of talk about superhero fatigue in the press. We’ve heard comments from both Steven Spielberg and Zack Snyder on the matter and now the head of Marvel Studios has his own comments to add to the mix. While speaking at the Avengers: Age Of Ultron Q&A event, Feige had the following to say on the matter.
“People have been asking me that for 15 years,” he told me of whether he thinks superhero movies going out of style. “In 2001, 2002, 2003 there were two Marvel movies, three Marvel movies, and I still believe the same thing, which is as long as the ones that we can control are as good as they can be, that’s all that I care about. I think we’ve been doing pretty well. I’m very confident in the films we’ve announced that we have coming forward that they’re going to be surprising and different and unique. I’ve said a lot: I don’t believe in the comic book genre. I don’t believe in the superhero genre. I believe that each of our films can be very different.”
When he was asked directly about Spielberg’s quote where he said the genre would “go the way of the western”, Kevin Feige brushed it off and added a positive twist to the statement.
“It could, but the Western lasted 40-50 years, and they still pop up occasionally,” he said. “It’s been, what, eight years since Iron Man 1 if we count that, which I do, as the beginning of our MCU? Maybe [the superhero genre] will only last another 42 years.”
In regards to Zack Snyder’s comments regarding Batman and Superman being “transcendent of superhero movies”, Kevin Feige believes that Marvel’s films as a whole are transcendent of the genre. The Marvel Studios head chose to defend how unique each of their films is rather than call out another film.
“Those are all very different movies. They all happen to be based on Marvel characters and Marvel comics, but from a genre and a cinematic perspective, they’re all very unique. Civil War may as well be a different genre from Age of Ultron.
The way Winter Soldier was a political thriller, I think there is a more emotional and more geopolitical and real world through line through Civil War than there was in the broader Age of Ultron with the killer AI Tony Stark invention.
I think it’s the same thing as saying, ‘I don’t know how many more movies can be made from novels. I think people are going to bored with novels being turned into movies. I don’t know how long it’s going to last.”
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