What Have We Learned From 2017’s Superhero Movies?

Last year was another great year for superheroes, with seven superhero films making their way to the silver screen: Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, and The LEGO Batman Movie. Two of the aforementioned movies, in fact, made REEL BRIEF’s “Top 10 Films of 2017” list–with Wonder Woman placing eight and The LEGO Batman Movie coming in at ten.

Here are some of the takeaways from a super year for superheroes:

“Spider-Man” as Popular As Ever

After five Spider-Man movies, you’d think that spider fatigue would have set in by now. Wrong! Your friendly neighborhood spider remains as popular as ever, with Spider-Man: Homecoming grossing $880 million worldwide, making it the biggest superhero film of 2017.

Star-Lord and Company Are For Real

Guardians of the Galaxy came out of nowhere in 2014 to gross over $700 million worldwide. Star-Lord, Raccoon, and the rest of the gang proved in 2017 that their initial success was no fluke, as they teamed up yet again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to rake in upwards of $860 million globally.

Thor Can Be Witty and Funny!

Thor: Ragnarok was action-packed and surprisingly light-hearted, thanks in part to Thor’s quick wit and comedic timing. Kiwi director Taika Waititi managed to tap into the character’s comic potential and make the fifth onscreen outing for the character feel fresh and new.

The Hulk has a . . . Soft Side

For all the seemingly uncontrollable rage The Incredible Hulk has shown through the years, the soft side he showed in Thor: Ragnarok was an unexpected curveball. It was, nonetheless, refreshing, and a gentle reminder that there are layers to the character beyond that vaunted berserker anger.

Wonder Woman Can Hold Her Own

Wonder Woman broke the curse of superheroine films as it was both a commercial and critical success. It earned over $830 million worldwide, and was widely praised by critics, with the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern effusive in his praise of the film. He even claimed that Wonder Woman “puts the super back in movie heroism.”

With the film’s smashing success, a sequel is now in the pipeline. The character was also the highlight of the Justice League film, outshining both Batman and Superman.

The Genre is Still a Moneymaker

The seven aforementioned superhero movies combined earned more than $4.5 billion. That is undeniable proof that the superhero genre is a certified moneymaker, and that the genre is currently at the zenith of its popularity.

The genre has such a large fan base that companies have started to create their own heroes inspired by the official Marvel and DC characters. Such inspiration is apparent in Foxy Casino’s slew of games inspired by today’s superheroes.

One such game is Dragon Kingdom which is a nod to Wonder Woman as it features a character who closely resembles the Amazing Amazon. The fact that Themyscira’s Champion has inspired a slot game isn’t too surprising, as she has been inspiring fans since she first appeared in All Star Comics #8 back in October 1941. It is a testament to the character’s status in pop culture that companies now only need to allude to Wonder Women and fans will instantly recognize the connection.

Logan will be Missed

Logan without doubt is one of the most popular superheroes ever, and he went out with that proverbial bang, saying goodbye to the silver screen in the most Logan-esque way possible: By fighting like a madman until the very end.

Make no mistake…fans will miss the man with the adamantium claws.


Article by REEL BRIEF contributor Ethan Mills Dixon

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