Another day, and another superhero film. Or rather, supervillain, in this case. Sony has announced an upcoming Venom movie, set to be released Oct. 5, 2018.
The alien symbiote – typically a parasite on Eddie Brock – is generally known as one of Spider-Man’s greatest archenemies. He’s iconic for his blue (sometimes black) skin, the white marks on his face like eyes, and long menacing tongue and fangs. He’s been a staple character in multiple iterations of Spider-Man across the comic, cartoons, and videogames. Venom also appeared in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 back in 2007, with Brock played by Topher Grace.
Though fans will certainly take note, we have to ask: Haven’t we gotten enough superhero movies already?
In fairness to Spider-Man: the first adventure of the webslinger directed by Sam Raimi in 2002 helped launch the first wave of early 2000’s superhero flicks. Those such as Daredevil and The Hulk were generally considered failures, but they did set-up the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting in 2008. Now, it’s undeniable that the last few years have been a golden age of superhero movies.
Speaking of which, however: Spider-Man Homecoming is already the third iteration of the Peter Parker in just 15 years. Newcomer Tom Holland takes the reins, following in Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s footsteps. Venom also breathes life into the Sinister Six movie that had previously floated around as an idea.
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Take this even further and you’ll see the reboot trend affecting more than Spider-Man: since 2000, we’ve already seen at least two versions each of Superman, Batman, Fantastic Four, and the protagonists of the X-Men (save Wolverine – we’ve only got one of those). That’s an awful lot of reboots.
Let’s not even get started on the sequels: we’re already getting Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, and Wonder Woman this year alone.
Too Many Superheroes?
The result? Diminishing returns. To much of a good thing is a bad thing, and this applies to superhero flicks as well. Getting excited about superhero films is one thing but being force-fed them is no fun.
As written by Rolling Stone, “We can no longer go 24 hours without another purportedly groundbreaking exclusive on the latest cinematic caped crusade and the excess of barely clickworthy news has a numbing effect in the long term.”
Since 2010, we’ve see an average of around 5-6 superhero films. And we’re going to be seeing those releases at a similar pace all the way until 2020.
So for fans feeling the effects of excess, however, don’t expect the Studios to stop. Disney Chief Bob Iger said of the upcoming Marvel slate: “We think they’re unique in many ways and have no concern whatsoever”.
After all, the genre does very well in raking in the cash. Since 2009, the Marvel Cinematic universe has made $10.9 billion in ticket sales. Money talks in this business. While people are buying, don’t expect we’ll be seeing any less of Iron Man and Batman anytime soon.