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The Battle for the Cinema: Who has the Best Superheroes?

When you compare superhero franchises, it is safe to say that Marvel is currently the clear winner, but why? DC has been making movies for the same amount of time, but Marvel seems to only get bigger and bigger even as DC struggles.

SuperheroesDC and Marvel both are in the same genre, but both take their movies in different directions. In recent years DC has made most of their movies kind of dark in tone and theme. More of a realism, that your actions have consequences, and they kind of focus on the adult audience. Marvel, on the other hand, has tailored their movies with more of a lighter tone and they have more humor in them. They are movies that anyone can really grow to like, from young children to older audiences.

DC tried their own take on making their funny movie with the 2016 release of Suicide Squad, but the movie did not live up to the hype. You could not go anywhere without hearing the songs for the movie, or seeing a trailer for it. Another movie that came out around that time that was Marvel’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy. Not much was know about Guardians when it was released, but it grew quite a following. Both Suicide Squad and Guardians ended up about doing the same at the box office, but with Guardians doing a bit better.

SuperheroesAnother good pair of competing movies was DC’s Man of Steel vs Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. Both of these movies came out the same year. The Superman movie was supposed to launch a new franchise, but the film did not do as well as hoped. The Thor movie did just roughly the same number, even though Thor is easily not the most popular of the Avengers.

Marvel has also done an incredible job in bringing all of their shows and movies together. All the shows that are owned by Disney are in the same universe as the movies. After the first Avenger movie, Marvel and ABC created the show Marvel Agents of Shield which took one of the characters from the movie and brought the show around him and Shield. This gave fans a way to keep their love of Marvel in check while they made new movies. They even had a cameo of Samuel L Jackson play Nick Fury at one point. If you want to learn more about it, you can find it here.

SuperheroesCompare it to DC where they have a flourishing TV shows like Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow. Instead of bringing The Flash from the TV show to play in the movie, they hired someone else to play Barry Allen and never really gave the TV show actor a chance. This gives fans two different DC universes to like instead of one as a whole. Some fans may like one better than the other and might not support the other

I personally hope that DC does become more popular and will be able to compete at the same level with Marvel. Marvel is on it way out with some characters due to contracts and you don’t want to just exhaust a character.

-Joey Linder

Onscreen Superheroes: Will they Live or Die?

“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”  -Harvey Dent.

This very quote can be applied to the superhero screen genre, from Marvel and DC comics especially. When the first superhero films and TV shows came out, fans couldn’t get enough and were clamoring for more. Now after the superhero genre has dominated the box office the last few years, and even started to take over certain networks on TV, there are those who believe it has become overplayed and are predicting its demise.

Since the year 2000, Marvel and DC have produced a combined total of 54 movies, which comes to about four movies per year. While this number doesn’t seem that large, the average rises significantly when you take a look at just the past five years, with an average of more than five movies per year. Next year alone there are seven superhero flicks scheduled for release from the two powerhouse comic franchises.

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You may assume that I am part of the group that believes that the market for superheroes is oversaturated and needs to slow down for fear of falling apart. On the contrary, I love how the superhero genre is flourishing right now and it is my belief that is will continue to do so. I hope the genre continues to find success and will be here for the long run.

Some have likened superhero films as today’s modern western. Some find that comparison a sign of good fortune and others a sign of doom. For example, Steven Spielberg stated, “We were around when the Western died, and there will be a time when the superhero move goes the way of the Western.”

On the opposite side, screenwriter Stephen McFeely one of the writers of Captain America Winter Soldier, believes that superhero movies are the new Western, but not based on their similarities in popularity, but grounded in the ideals they embody. Ideals about honor and looking out for the little guy.

In the wake of film box office success, superhero TV shows have become increasingly popular. With some networks, such as the CW, and streaming services, like Netflix, offering many new shows. The CW is even referred to as the DC Channel. With the addition of Supergirl to its lineup the network now has four shows DC comics properties.

Netflix has also made deals with Marvel, with three current Netflix/Marvel original series in its lineup, and with many more to follow. Are superhero television series dependent on the success of the movies, or will television shows continue to stand on their own?

You may wonder what will happen when they run out of superhero storylines to adapt. How will they continue to succeed? But don’t forget that superhero movies are not based on fact or history they are movies based on works of fiction and comics are always expanding and the storylines are ever changing.

Marvel Comics has recently introduced a number of new characters, and these characters have yet to be incorporated into films. There is the new Iron Man character, Riri Williams, and new Spiderman character, Miles Morales. These new characters will allow for additional movies.

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Another factor that comics fans sometimes don’t take into account is the use of time travel, as used X-Men Days of Future Past. The use of time travel in a film or television series allows for the slate to wiped completely clean and start new. You can even using the same characters in different ways.

I truly believe that the superhero genre is here to stay and is not going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, with the introduction of new characters and storylines I think it is only going to increase in popularity for the years to come.

Colin Stroehle

Thwip to the PS4: Sony Nets an Exclusive for Their Console

Here comes Spiderman! “Only on the PS4,” says the gaming news website Polygon. So…yeah…

Why would Marvel allow a Spiderman game to be only available on the PlayStation 4 gaming console? This should come across as an outrage to everyone who owns an Xbox. Which yeah, it is.

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So, I decided to research why the new Spiderman game is PS4 exclusive, and the history Marvel and Sony have together. Spiderman PS4 was created as a AAA game with Sony, Marvel, and Insomniac Games all playing a part.

There are not many details about the game right now. GameSpot has reported that this game will not be tied to the movie Spiderman: Homecoming, but will be a completely stand-alone game with an older, experienced Peter Parker.

Marvel doesn’t want to stop just with Spiderman. They want to create an entire gaming universe. According to VentureBeat, the seeds for a video-gaming Marvel universe have been planted. Marvel seems to be connecting through mobile games and micro-transactions.

Basically, premium in-game currency will be the same for all Marvel games. This however does not really impact me because I don’t play mobile games. This could lead to more exclusive deals with Sony and Marvel for the PS4. Sure, the PS4 is not a mobile device, but this could lead to more PS4 only games.

According to CinemaBlend, the studios worked out a deal that will have each respective studio receiving the profits from the movies they make with Spider-Man.

So Marvel doesn’t have to share profits with Sony for Civil War or The Avengers. At the same time, Sony will benefit completely from the profits made by the solo Spider-Man movies, which appear to be being made under the Sony umbrella.

In essence, the two studios have agreed on a system that allows them to share Spider-Man, and each use them to their own ends. So, Sony and Marvel realized that sharing is caring.

Personally, I have a really good feeling about the new Spiderman game and movie. This could provide Marvel to gain an upper hand on the PS4 network compared to D.C. Comics. Who knows?

Marvel could completely dominate the gaming universe depending on how well the games do. More posts will be coming soon about the new Spiderman PS4 game. Hopefully we’ll get a sneak peek at the new game. Please have a really cool Green Goblin!

Feel free to comment below. What do you think about Marvel and Sony working together? Are you excited for the new PS4 game?

Kyle Konigsmark

You will Marvel at Netflix’s New Programming!

In 2015 Netflix is adding a slew of new and original programing from Marvel to its already vast library of content. Among the list of new shows are “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” which will unfold over multiple years of original programming and take the viewer into the world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to thirteen episodes for each series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders.”

netflixFor Netflix this is a step in the right direction. Marvel is known to attract people just based on brand name recognition, and for Netflix to give them creative license to create content that will add to the Marvel Cinematic Universe will certainly help them. This will be Marvel’s first attempt at establishing comic-based characters for television shows other than “Agents of Shield,” which airs on ABC.

“Daredevil” is the first of the shows to be produced and is a personal favorite of mine. “Daredevil” is the story of Matt Murdock, a lawyer who has special abilities that develop after being blinded as a young child. His main ability is a special sense that allows him to see through sound, like a bat. This opens up his other senses in special ways, and he uses his talents and agility to fight crime in Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil.

Daredevil/Matt Murdock was one of the first roles to be cast for the show and will be portrayed by actor Charlie Cox.   Others to be cast are Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk. The show offers an opportunity to distance itself from the movie “Daredevil,” which many consider a flop.

Netflix’s new original TV deal follows their landmark movie distribution deal. Beginning in 2016, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.

As of now there isn’t much information on the other shows that Marvel is producing, as Daredevil seems to be the main focus for the time being. My personal take on this is that Marvel is on top of the world and can do no wrong right now.

Despite the dislike of fans for some Marvel movies they still earned a lot of money and are deemed successes. The company is still going forward with more and more plans for television shows and movies. I am looking forward to the new programing, and I’m glad that I have Netflix to be able to watch them when they come out.

Ian Shilhanek

Will Walt Disney Acquire All?

It seems to me that lots of companies these days are being bought out, or in other words acquired, by a much larger conglomerate. One particular company seems to buying everything.

And it’s Disney. Disney has now acquired Pixar Animated Studios, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Just to add more to that, they’ve also made a movie deal with Netflix.

Marvel LogoFor a while now, Netflix has streamed all of the old Marvel animated series that came on Saturday morning. Recently I have noticed that these shows have disappeared from their playlist. Shows like X-Men, Spiderman, Silver Surfer, are all now gone. I hate to say it, but it has a lot to do with the new deal that they have made with Disney.

Since Disney owns Marvel they own the rights to the characters, meaning that anything that has to do with the Marvel characters, has to be approved by the Disney management team first.

Though Disney owns the rights to the characters, they do not, however, own the rights to pre-existing franchises. This means that the X-Men movies, including the coming X-Men: Days of Future Past, do not have to comply with Disney, and neither does The Amazing Spiderman. The X-Men franchise is owned by Fox and The Amazing Spiderman is owned by Sony. These companies have no intention whatsoever to hand over their rights to Disney.

Luca Films LogoNow that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm, I can’t help but wonder if the Star Wars movies they plan to make will deliver and please the diehard Star Wars fans. Here is a link to a conversation between Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, and George Lucas, talking about what will happen next, and the new projects to come out in the near future.

Do you think that this was the best idea for Lucas to make, and will Disney deliver good films with the Star Wars franchise? Let me know what you all think, because you Star Wars fans are passionate about the franchise, and I know you all want nothing less than the best.

Netflix on the other hand, will start streaming original Disney classic movies, but this won’t begin until 2016. This might work in Netflix’s favor, because movies like Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Black Cauldron, and all the older Disney animated films will now be there for families to watch.

This will definitely be something to look forward to, and maybe they will put the old Marvel cartoons back on Netflix again. Here is a link to a video concerning the movie deal Netflix made with Disney.

My last questions on the topic are: will Netflix have to charge more to their consumers with all the new content that will be available, and would you be willing to pay more for their services?

Phillip Bowie

Summer Blockbuster Report –> Bigger Budgets = Smaller Box Office?!

Hollywood is rethinking their love of big budget summer blockbusters, and is downsizing their multi-million dollar budgets to adjust to the recessionary economic times.

Ryan Nakashima discusses how Hollywood has put two big budget films on hold, the film version of Stephen Kings “The Dark Tower” series as well as Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” which reported had a budget skyrocketing past $250 mil.

These changes are happening in response to this past summer, which produced some less than stellar box office numbers, including Universal’s “Cowboys and Aliens” which grossed $129 mil in worldwide tickets sales, but was produced for more than $163 mil.  There was also Warner Brothers’ “Green Lantern” which was produced for $200 mil according to the website boxofficemojo.com, however it made little revenue in the U.S., only grossing $120 mil.

Studios need to start realizing that just because a film has an astronomical budget, does not guarantee packed theaters across the country.

                 

A surprise summer hit was the character driven film, “The Help” starting Emma Stone and based on a best selling novel of the same name. “The Help” was made for only $25 mil and has grossed more than $160 mil to date in the United States. A more action driven summer blockbuster was J.J. Abrams, “Super 8” by Paramount. Made for a reasonable $50 mil the film grossed more than $130 mil at the box-office in the states, matching that tally in other countries.

What do these movies have that the others do not? Well for one thing they both have positive reviews, with 75% positive and 82% positive reviews on the website rottentomatoes.com.  More importantly they have characters that audiences care about. When you put big money in a strong character film along with dazzling visuals and a fantastic story, you may be lucky enough to strike box-office gold.

Does this combination sound familiar? Well one director in Hollywood has this combination down to a science, his name: James Cameron.  He has directed two of the biggest films in history. “Titanic” was produced for about $200 mil and it grossed $600 mil domestically, and 2009’s “Avatar,” made for $250 mil, went on to gross $2.7 billion, yes that’s BILLION in the box-office worldwide.

So what have we learned? You need more than just special effects and explosions to get people into the theaters, however that still has not stopped producers from making “Transformers 3.” Audiences are starting to demand a little substance in their Hollywood blockbuster.  And in this day in age where “Netflix” and online streaming is becoming the norm, Hollywood better start adjusting fast, or else there maybe more poorly performing “Green Lanterns” in their future.

-Steven Colonero

The Year of The Superhero Flick

This year seems to be the year of comic book superhero movies, and I of all people am not complaining.  This trend does not seem like it is going to let up in the next couple years with movies that will intertwine and tangle with each other to form sequels upon sequels.  Take for example all of the Marvel comic movies that have came out recently such as The Hulk and Iron Man.  At then very end of these movies after the credits comes an Easter egg of the next upcoming movies to be released and the eggs at the end of those movies were for Thor and Captain America who are all ironically part of the Avengers.

All these movies are leading up to a grand finale where they can put all of these action hero’s into a movie together.  Same thing with the X-Men franchise after the first three came out they stared to do X-Men Origins Wolverine, which is expecting another film in the next year or so.  Now, X-Men First Class in coming out in June, which is basically the story of Magneto as a teenager and Charles Xavier, better known as Professor X.  The creators are also talking about doing  X-Men Origins on not only Wolverine, but for some of the other main characters from the group.  Oh yes, and did I mention that all four of these movies are coming out in the next two and a half months?  So needless to say, the box office should be pretty interesting in the upcoming couple months.

– Steve Marksteiner –

 

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