In an effort to out-hype Marvel's colossal cinematic future, DC and Warner Bros. recently released a calendar mapping out their slate of upcoming superhero films for our dark, brooding pleasure. As a response, Marvel out-hyped DC's super-hype by uber-hyping their upcoming Phase Three -- which will feature Thor's Ragnarok storyline, Captain America fighting Iron Man in Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Guardians of the Galaxy teaming up with The Avengers in Infinity War: Part 1 and 2, plus Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Inhumans, and a new golden retriever puppy for everyone in the world. Sick burn, Marvel.
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"Is he suppose to have that?"
"It'll make sense when Inhumans drops."
Tallying up the overwhelming catalog from the two big players in the superhero film market, and adding the meager but noteworthy contributions from Sony's and Fox's Marvel flicks, gives us more than 40 films about spangled thug-punchers being released before 2020 -- making the next six years basically a series of wind sprints between 3D IMAX theaters. And while that may sound pretty exciting now, it's actually less of a godsend and more of a clinic on how to strangle the life out of the superhero genre.
4 The More Interconnected They Are, the More Likely for It to All Fail Huge
What makes Marvel so revolutionary is how they've managed to use their standalone films like puzzle pieces to complete a larger, interwoven picture, like a bunch of spinoffs in reverse. The only other studio to successfully spin off a superhero franchise is 20th Century Fox and the X-Men: First Class films (the two Wolverine movies are really successes only in the sense that they successfully exist). Every other attempt has resulted in things like Catwoman and Elektra, both of which unfairly tainted Hollywood's opinion of whether or not female superheroes can star in their own movies after those female-lead films flopped to the pavement like Halle Berry sex-tackling Benjamin Bratt.