Are We Approaching The End Of Comic Book Cinematic Universes

Are We Approaching The End Of Comic Book Cinematic Universes?

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In the past few weeks, we’ve learned more of DC and Marvel’s plans for their respective universes going forward.  With Avengers: Infinity War and Justice League imminent, a lot of questions have been asked about the future of these two comic book cinematic universes.

Are We Approaching The End Of Comic Book Cinematic Universes

DC Entertainment president, Diane Nelson, is quoted by Vulture as saying, “Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense, but there’s no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity in that universe.” Naturally, many speculated this might be the end of the DCEU as we know it, but Geoff Johns took to Twitter to deny these rumours.

On the Marvel side of things, Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, chose not to confirm phase 4 of the MCU. He said to Screen Rant, “I think really where the focus of the whole studio for the next two years is finishing phase 3. Completing a really unprecedented 22 movie inter-connected epic, and that is what we’re thinking about. We have ideas. We have things for what happens next, but it will really be a conclusion to 22 films.”

Are We Approaching The End Of Comic Book Cinematic Universes

What both companies are essentially saying is pretty much the same thing: the universe will still be there if they want it to be, but we should expect to see more standalones and self-contained trilogies moving forward.

While this isn’t bad news at all, we do have to speculate if superhero fatigue isn’t playing a part in the decision-making. Committing to a universe is a huge financial risk and there will come a point where the audience will stop showing up for The Avengers 17. While there’s still a genuine excitement to see the Avengers and Justice League on screen, how many times can it be done before it gets stale?

Undoubtedly, the success of Wonder Woman taught both studios a lesson: a film doesn’t need to be heavily tied to the universe to be a success. It’s possible to tell standalone stories and perhaps visit the big team-up movie once in a blue moon. What the audience wants is a good movie. The film doesn’t need to set up the next 20 flicks; it just needs to be good.

Are We Approaching The End Of Comic Book Cinematic Universes

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy proved the importance of having a beginning, middle, and end to a story. He could’ve easily carried on – and we’re sure that Warner Bros. offered him a ton of money to – but he decided to tell his full arc and move on. Sometimes, that’s a better way of approaching these characters instead of attempting a never-ending storyline with no direction in sight.

With the rumours that Matt Reeves will follow in Nolan’s example for his Batman project and other film-makers are set to approach more standalones, we could be in store for even better superhero films in the near future. The universe will always be the sandpit for the creators to play in, but sometimes it does get a little bit crowded in there.

Tell us, what do you think? Do you think comic book cinematic universes are dying? Let us know in the comments section down below.


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57 Comments

  1. Jarrod Saunders

    Honestly, I hope so. There are more stories to tell and great directors don’t need to be restricted by extended universes and the decisions made three movies prior.

  2. Jeremy Chabot

    Articles like this is why I stopped following other comic book movie pages. It’s pure speculation by people who are sitting in a room making shit up! If I see more of this I’m out of here too.

    • Jeremy Chabot

      I did read it. Geoff Johns denied it. It’s an article disproving rumors. I guess after 17 years of following comic book movie news (back when Superherohype was Spidermanhype) it seems now everyone has an opinion even if it’s an uneducated opinion. Meaningful discussions about a subject your passionate about is now met with memes and insults from a 14 year old. Veronica Truebody Sengers, why do you even follow this page if your sick of comic book films? This is what I’m talking about. I don’t like Harry Potter, you don’t see me bitching about it on a Harry Potter page. I just don’t give a shit about it.

    • Fortress of Solitude

      Nobody here dislikes Superhero films. We are just saying perhaps this is the end of cinematic universes and more focus on solo projects again.

    • Isaiah Rogers

      Why do ppl get so worked up over an opinion or a possibility. It’s not like this guy thumb sucked this article. There are quotes to back up the possibility. Nobody is saying this is fact. All internet articles should be approached as a means to start conversation. Sometimes you agree. Sometimes you don’t. Regardless it’s meant to stimulate discussion.

  3. Troy Robbins

    I hope not. Keeping everything in a share universe is what’s making all of this stuff interesting. If they go back to solo movies then they’re just going to get boring.

    Having Tony and Iron Man show up in Spider-Man is why it worked so well. We’ve seen five solo spidey-movies where he was the only hero, we don’t need to see more. If the rumors are true that Miles Morales will become Spider-Man in the future, then they can do more solo movies for him. But Peter Parker needs to be part of a larger universe. It’s just more interesting that way.

    But not every character has to be part of a larger universe. If they want to do a story where it’s just Iron Man, like in his first movie, then it’s okay. Even Black Panther can stay in his own corner of the Marvel Universe with no real connections. But the Avengers need to come together in future Avengers movies as well as their own separate movies. Then Spider-Man (Miles) can have his own corner of the MCU.

    Not all characters have to unite, but to have everyone become separated all of a sudden makes them boring. Especially if the reset button is pushed and we see the same characters origin stories told over, and over, and over, and over, again.

  4. Graham Smoker

    What’s shitty about DC? For real? I love both Marvel and DC. With all the hate mongering going on in the world…why you hatin on comic book characters bruh? That’s what they’re for..fantasy. An escape..to bring out the best in us when times are at their worst. You totally could have worded that different

  5. Graham Smoker

    What’s shitty about DC? For real? I love both Marvel and DC. With all the hate mongering going on in the world…why you hatin on comic book characters bruh? That’s what they’re for..fantasy. An escape..to bring out the best in us when times are at their worst. You totally could have worded that different

  6. Graham Smoker

    What’s shitty about DC? For real? I love both Marvel and DC. With all the hate mongering going on in the world…why you hatin on comic book characters bruh? That’s what they’re for..fantasy. An escape..to bring out the best in us when times are at their worst. You totally could have worded that different

  7. Ruben Gonzalez

    Secret wars, planet hulk, world war hulk, fatal attractions, revenge of the sinister six, funeral arrangements, tower of Babel, the weird story with jla and the king angels, emerald twighlight, blackest night, crisis on infinite earths, all movies we’ll never see.

  8. Brendon

    LOL. Fuck.

    You humans are so petty… and tiny.

    Cry me a river. If you don’t like the articles here, don’t read them. No-one is forcing you.

    If you don’t like the movies, don’t watch them. Yes, even that chick who is forced to watch because she is married to a fan, or something… how are you forced to watch it. (P.S. If you are actually a dude, then you should seriously pull up your big girl panties).

  9. Patrick Gibson

    I just want to know when DC is going to stop trying to make their movies happen…..it’s not going to happen. Your characters are lame. Your stories are lame. The actors you get to play your shitty characters are bad. And you even manage you ruin the few good characters you do have, like Batfleck and WTH did you guys do to Doomsday?!?

  10. Jeff Bezaire

    That is really a stupid question. A movie genre that makes a minimum of hundreds of millions of dollars with each film, with some making billions, and that’s just at the box office alone . . . yeah, they’re not going to wrap it up just because they’ve hit a benchmark. Whether they keep building up their movies to more superhero teamups like Avengers and JLA or make standalones, or regular trilogies for characters, the comic book genre is not going anywhere, however unfortunate that is.

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