Superhero extinction

Mason Vietti, Reporter

Right now, superhero movies are dominating theaters around the world, with around 10 of them coming out each year, and about 17 TV shows based on the caped-crusaders.

This superhero over-saturation has been seen before with Western movies in the 1940s and 1960s, which inevitably died off after two decades due to an overwhelming amount. Many believe the superhero movies will suffer the same fate.

Ever since the early 2000’s, with “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” being huge hits, the superhero movie genre has taken off, being at an all-time high after the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There is one way we can prevent the death of the superhero movie franchise, and style diversity might be the key. 20th Century Fox’s recent superhero movies such as “Deadpool,” “Logan,” and the recently announced “The New Mutants” aren’t normal superhero movies.

We have started to see a change of style and tone from Marvel Studios and Warner Brothers’ DC Cinematic Universe. Marvel has had a slow and subtle change over time, with the early movies in the series being darker and more serious like “Iron Man” and “Thor,” and slowly becoming more vibrant and humorous like “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

The DC films have taken a different approach with more serious movies like “Man of Steel” and “Batman v. Superman,” and a strangely “colorful but gritty” approach with “Suicide Squad” and now a more light-hearted film like “Wonder Woman,” which is also the first female superhero movie of this new era.

These movies are adding diversity among the genre, which could be the “hail mary” the superhero genre needs to survive, letting it ride off into the sunset.

If you think this is a bunch of bologna and just want to watch a solid superhero movie, check out “Thor: Ragnarok,” which came out last Friday, and the “Justice League” movie, which comes out next Friday.