How can I, a Marvel-loving fanboy, actually say that #MarvelStudios' popularity may soon recede? To be honest, I am not sure that I can; however, I do believe there is cause for concern for the comic giant. #Marvel has experienced a stupendous amount of success within the last decade. This growth in popularity has been great to watch (literally) and fun to be a part of, but will this popularity soon end? There are three major reasons why Marvel may soon be brought back down to earth and reduce in popularity. These reasons would include the new mediocre-to-poor #TV shows, superhero fatigue, and passing the torch in the #MCU to #superheroes not named #IronMan and #CapitanAmerica.
Sub-Par TV Shows
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are all fantastic shows in their own right. Daredevil and Jessica Jones seemed to take the world by force with excellent storylines, action scenes, and of course the spectacular acting, especially Vincent D’Onofrio and David Tennant. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was always going to be success and it has undoubtedly lived up to its high expectations. With great shows like these, how is it that Marvel has headed toward a downward spiral in quality TV shows? Iron Fist received terrible critic reviews with a Tomatometer score of 17% (Rottentomatoes), The Defenders did not live up to expectations, and Inhumans did poor in the critics’ and the fans’ eyes alike, with a Tomatometer of 8% (no that is not a typo) and Audience Score of 51% (Rottentomatoes). These shows are where the MCU has started to lose its magic touch in television, so let’s see if new shows like The Punisher, The Gifted, and Cloak and Dagger are able to replicate the initial success of the MCU TV shows.
There have been 16 MCU films released since 2008, with another one still on the way for 2017 (Thor: Ragnarok). What if you are trying to become a new fan of the MCU? You would take one look at the number of movies to watch and feel overwhelmed, or at least I know I would. That is a lot of movies to watch, a large time commitment, and many storylines to keep track of. The best thing about the MCU is how it is one connected universe; however, this is arguably its greatest weakness when trying to attract new fans as well. New and casual fans alike would most likely not take the time to watch all of the movies. How about the fans that have seen all 16 and counting, how do they feel about the MCU? Overall, they believe that they are very entertaining movies and are fun to watch; however, some people, like myself, may be feeling a bit of superhero fatigue setting in. By constantly coming out with new movies, bringing in new superheroes, and developing new storylines the superhero business can feel exhausting.
The Goodbye of Marvel Legends
The mention of new superheroes brings me to my final point, how will the MCU be able to withstand moving on from the cornerstones that have built this empire established in 2008. Clearly, we are talking Hawkeye and Nick Fury, right? Obviously not, of course I mean the two most popular characters of the MCU, Iron Man and Capitan America. These superheroes have become great friends, fought many foes together, and waged war against one another. They are the leaders of the MCU in the movies and their impending departures will be shell-shocking to many fans. It is highly anticipated that one if not both will die in the two-part Infinity series in the coming years. Good luck to Marvel in trying to replace Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans in the MCU. They have tremendous actors in place to try and do so with Chadwick Bosman (Black Panther), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), and Brie Larson (Capitan Marvel) and I am sure they will do an admirable, if not great job, of leading the MCU into the future. However, will they really be able to replace the two giants of the cinematic universe? Only time will tell…
Marvel Studios has built an empire over the last decade. Their popularity has soared since the release of Iron Man in 2008 and looks to continue to grow in the coming years with the Infinity series and many new superheroes. However, there is cause for concern moving forward into the unknown for Marvel. Marvel must be leery of the quality of work for its TV shows, the superhero exhaustion to its fans, and the eventual “retirement” of their most popular superheroes (Iron Man and Capitan America). Honestly, I believe that Marvel Studios will falter in success, however, it will not fall. The MCU has become far too popular to let a few sub-par TV shows, sissy fans like myself, and the replacement of great actors with other great actors stand in their way of success.
What do you think, will Marvel fall? I would love to read your comments below!
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