Razorfist: The Comic Film Crash Has BegunThe Dark Herald
I agree with Razorfist in practice if not in principle.
Certainly, Marvel’s time at the top of the heap is likely over and done with. Robert Downey and Chris Evans were the primary stars of Phase III. Without them and their characters, all continuity with the Thanos years ends. For ten years everyone has been told that Kevin Fiege is the indispensable man at Marvel. But given how weak this year’s slate has been and the fact that nobody seems interested in any of the upcoming MSheU films, I am now beginning to strongly suspect that the real indispensable man (be it Isaac Perlmutter or some unsung hero) has left Marvel and it’s collapsing without him.
DC is flailing wildly in all directions. Hiring Bad Reboot is nothing short of desperation. You can justify hiring him to the BOD because of the raw financial data and thus temporarily keep your job. But eventually, he’s going to deliver a terrible franchise-killing product.
So yes, the current superhero movie meta is about to die due to studio decisions.
However, I think there is still plenty of blood left in that stone.
Humans find the heroic archetypes as compelling as ever. There is still a need for simple images of heroes. If Hollywood can’t provide them then someone else will.