Phil Lord and Christopher Miller do not believe in “superhero exhaustion”


After a couple of decades of a dominant superhero film era, Phil Lord and Chris Miller maintain that quality is the issue, not quantity.

2000’s X-Men started turning heads in Hollywood that superhero films can be taken seriously. Then, 2002’s Spider-Man broke all kinds of records at the box office, and studios started gobbling up all the properties they could to replicate that success. Then in 2008, the release of Iron Man changed everything. We are 23 years deep into the superhero movie cultural dominance, and with such a lengthy era plus a couple of notable underwhelming performances of recent comic book flicks, people are starting to think perhaps the superhero fatigue is finally setting in.Collider reports that the producers of the recently successful

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, aren’t buying into the whole fatigue notion. Miller told Rolling Stone that he doesn’t think it’s fatigue. He believes it’s just a movie that’s the same as others. It’s going to be boring to people.”Miller and Lord cite Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is an example of a well-written character that connects with the audience, and makes us care. Lord explains

: “The audience cannot be sustained by easter eggs and revelations. Or even these crazy, big multiverse stakes. They are only interested in, say, the relationship between Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. This story is rooted so deeply in the relationship between parents and children. Miles and his parents. We showed the last film to a few friends early on and they said, “You have to get used to all these Spider-People as soon as possible.” We were like, “We don’t think that’s exciting.” The quieter scenes between Miles, his mom and dad seem to be the most popular. They can’t stop watching it. And I’m so glad we stayed true to what the audience was telling us.”Hollywood has gone through a plethora of genre phases when studios chase trends, from the western to the space opera to the 80s & 90s action movies to superheroes. What better way to use CGI than in a fantasy/action tale? The box office performance of Antman and the Wasp Quantumania as well as

Shazam Fury of the Gods has raised curiosity about a fatigue. However, with streaming and other distribution options, the ever-changing plane of entertainment will continue to evolve with the way audiences vote with their wallets.

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