Marvel and DC Studios are two of the most major franchises in the world, with uncountable fans devoting their passion and everything to their projects, whether it be a film or the comics. No one can argue that the superhero genre is only easy to appreciate when one has already seen it on the big screen, but it is rare that someone tends to enjoy not just the movie but the comic run that it was adapted from. Kevin Feige, the CEO of Marvel, called out detractors of comic book movies in the ongoing debate over whether they deserve respect.
In a recent interview with the official Black Panther: Wakanda Forever podcast, Feige clapped back at haters, saying: “There were some people who couldn’t get past a four-color, printed, two-dimensional story. You know, they just couldn’t do that. Just like today, dare I say it. The people who can’t get past a genre story or something that’s in space, or people who can breathe underwater. ’No, not for me.’”
Despite demonstrating its ability to dominate any box office and win major awards, superhero narratives are often perceived as shallow and masked by excessive CGI fun. Geeks attempt to rally and advocate in their fight for legitimacy that superhero stories are more than what you think they are; that they can go deeper than being a children's amusement outlet.
Aside from Feige, Marvel Studio producer Nate Moore joined on the podcast and emphasized that the meanings of superhero stories go beyond the skin, bringing in several questions after drawing inspiration from childhood fixations.
“Yeah, it certainly seems like the cuts are deeper than ever. I mean, when I was a kid and it was Superman and it was Batman, and Spider-Man was coming in, and it was like, ‘Well, I guess we’ve made it guys, I guess that’s it.’ But, you know now that there’s a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and an Ant-Man movie, and people are like, ‘What is going on?’ And for me, it’s like, ‘Oh, these are all characters I lived with in my imagination for 40 years plus.’" said Moore.
Marvel's recent blockbusters Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the TV series WandaVision effectively capture the essence of grief and what one does when confronted with it, whether it's a bad or good coping mechanism.
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Comic book movie detractors might continue to lambaste the final output, but they might never come close to matching Marvel Studios' story legacy by raking over $28 billion at the box office across 30 films, which doesn’t include Disney+ subscriptions.
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