Below is an image showcasing the majority of (mostly) Marvel entries to meet with audiences for the next four years.
Marvel is the epitome of wanted success. They, once being a separate entity, made one most successful merger with Disney and scored an audience never once tapped into following the Avengers and side-line movies, like Iron Man, with their separate billion dollar revenues.
So much of comic book history is being thrown on screen with serious expectations. The long whining and begging and demanding of comic fanboys (and, eventually, fangirls) to allow their favorite heroes to take stage with much other fantasy and entertainment icons made promising motions that the concept would crack open a new demographic charged with hard cash. So far, as is obvious with the latest entry that is Fantastic 4 (‘The Reboot Number 4′), it’s much more complicated than that.
The previous standalone company has attempted to uproot some previous discrepancies in much of their world of Gods, Monsters, and Man; the same goes for other competing companies like DC Comics. The personification of characters circulating in this universe are under constant scrutiny and debate for their origins, design, personality, story arcs, and repetitive use. Sexism, racism, and general worldly problems enter this divisive utopia and stir feelings within our modern day society EVEN with those who aren’t interested or involved. Regardless of interest, or disinterest, this realm of fantasy has had a hyper cultural impact on all of us in more than one way, and its effects are shaping the world we live in through the mixed visions of many writers and comic artists. Perception is 90% of our reality, and the 10% left is made up of the physical stuff we can’t alter; the measure of that 10% is beginning to take a hold of our weakening perception.
We have allowed something, that is entirely unreal, to shape our reality within our own minds. Be it your hatred or love of this mental palace, we face the coming reality that fantasy is what dreams are made of, and THAT very concept is rooting itself outside of the comic pages. Our dreams are being governed by our intense desires through the manipulation and construct of genius entertainers; the perfect puppeteers for unknowingly eager puppets.
Through the vision of others, we are the perfect spawn to enact the potential desires and other wants of brilliant minds wrapped in coils of fantasy, so powerful in fact that you base yourselves off of the depictions of their characters and the utopia itself. It is so strong in fact that it even has the power to do the one thing unexpected above all other intended desires… self-destruction.
Marvel is an amazing founding company now run by an even greater entity, but who says that they ever intended to run this show forever? Welcome to the burnout phase; the part where great minds find greater passion in retirement. They’ve run the show, inspired youth to grow, but now look forward to that big ol’ check with a lot of zeroes and equally zero workload. They’re ready to take a bow, and just as easily to boggle your minds and leave you in collapse; singeing desires for perpetuity. People like Stan Lee have made their mark and impact in history and in the entertainment industry, and they want to leave behind a legacy; in order to do that, something has to die along with them even if something were to grow in the process.
Who would have thought the greatest creators would also be the greatest destroyers?
Did you ever consider why fan wishes don’t always come true… ever? Did you ever read a comic only to find it in theaters looking very much different and fashioned for someone else who’d probably take in anything with flashy and over-glorified effects? Ever get tired of hearing the same spew about the company testifying its care and swearing of loyalty to ‘its’ fanbase, and yet clearly looking the other way when developing the mascot of their revenue schemes?
The creators aren’t worried about these questions, they aren’t worried about fans in the same essence as you think they would, as they have a bigger question to worry about: Who am I?
The success of their infant stories growing up into big time movies has overshadowed their identities. They no longer have a sense of self, and they know they won’t be around forever to keep up what others will gladly take advantage of for the sake of monetary value. How do you destroy the future of your beloved child while saving the identity of its once stable lineage? I gotta tell you, honestly, that the super hero franchise has taken its own slot among competitive fantasy and sci-fi genres to a point where as the super villain Syndrome, from the Incredibles, once said: “And if everyone’s super… no one will be.”
It’s become a market of its own, so it no longer has a classified identity for originality and self-worth past anything with dollar signs and investment. There is nothing ‘special’ about being a super hero anymore. The creators have opened their hearts to the movie industry for new creative hearts to burn out the rest of what’s left of the creators’ passions so in turn they can move on whole without sacrificing the greatest reason they had for even existing in the first place. This is a self-sacrificing plot being disguised as the future.
Fans are going to tire, fast, as the lead writers and artists from the past move on from this world and leave whatever is left into the hands of manipulative agenda-seekers who find your sole reason for existing to benefit their vision of today’s world. If you honestly think this market has any chance of succeeding past what you are already tired of endearing as fans, you need look no further than the very original creators themselves to determine where you should be standing on an aging icon.
There is a new world coming for a new kind of super hero that isn’t as ‘super’ as the vision was only a few decades ago. Creative prowess is increasing, and old legends are tiring; what good is a franchise if it ends up merely being a tool for the benefit of the power hungry?
Disney and Marvel have married two concepts of power and influence together only to determine the fate of a world of heroes in one flashy, big bang affecting all other entities worthy of babysitting a world of super heroes. If you think the Fantastic 4 and fellow super heroes are going to make it through another generation, I would place my bets on a retirement plan myself.
This is a time of change, and these tools are beginning to wear out.