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Is The End Of Superhero Movies Near?

The film industry is full of people who wish the superhero movie would finally run its course, making room for a little more diversity at the multiplex. Based on a quick glance at the box office, this may seem unlikely, but for every Avengers: Age of Ultron—which has grossed a staggering $1.4 billion worldwide—there’s a Fantastic Four. When you factor in massive production and marketing budgets, superhero movies aren’t necessarily the slam-dunk investment they appear to be.

Enter Mark Millar, the influential comic writer whose work has played a role in inspiring Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming Wolverine 3, and yes, Fantastic Four. While he is understandably enthusiastic about the current state of superhero movies (“I love it. It’s brilliant. It’s amazing.”), he tells IGN that this phenomenon may be entering the home stretch.

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Millar thinks the current superhero movie craze has a remaining lifespan of about five years, a prognosis that would be more dire, if not for some recent triumphs. “There’s no way Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 isn’t going to make a ton of money,” he said. “These are billion dollar grossers, multi-billion dollar grossers. Batman and Superman, just the fact those two icons are coming together, that’s a billion dollar movie. So all this stuff that’s coming up, there’ll be flops, but there’ll be super strong ones. Guardians [of the Galaxy, Vol. 2] is going to be amazing. I can’t wait for it.”

For those who are less enthusiastic about current Hollywood trends and/or fondly remember the ’80s, Millar is quick to assert that movie geeks are much better off today. “When I was 14, you had movies like Mannequin. It was crap, right? It was really awful. People think going up in the ’80s, it was all Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, but those were one good film every two years. Most of it was rubbish. And if they did try a comic book movie, it was Superman IV: The Quest for Peace or something like that. It’s amazing. We’re in a great time right now. I love it.”

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