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Superhero Fatigue Is Here, Our Movie Is ‘Wacky’ – Variety

by Stewart Cole

“Candyman” director Nia DaCosta makes her superhero directorial debut with Marvel’s upcoming “The Marvels,” a sequel to “Captain Marvel” that pairs Brie Larson’s eponymous superhero with Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau from ” WandaVision’ and Iman Khallan from ‘WandaVision’. Lady. Miracle.” It’s been a shaky year for comics, with Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and other movies like “The Flash” and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” falling at the box office. Marvel sure hopes “The Marvels” is more like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” ($845 million worldwide), and DaCosta is well aware that superhero fatigue is very real right now.

“I think superhero fatigue absolutely exists,” DaCosta said Total Film Magazine. “The biggest difference from the other MCU movies to date is this [‘The Marvels’ is] really weird and stupid. The worlds we go to in this movie are worlds unlike any you’ve seen in the MCU. Bright worlds you’ve never seen before.”

“‘The Avengers’ movies are these epic conclusions to chapters of the narrative, and it’s a team-up within the narrative that we didn’t necessarily expect for Marvel,” added producer Mary Livanos about what makes “The Marvels ” To stand out. “Usually, you expect the characters to all appear together in the ‘Avengers’ movies. We were excited to design a team of characters that women from all walks of life could relate to.”

While the word “superhero fatigue” has been thrown around a lot this year due to several comic book movie failures, the genre has also reached new heights this year with “Guardians Vol. 3” and Sony’s animated “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” which grossed $684 million worldwide. “Spider-Verse” producers and writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller said Rolling rock earlier this year, this “superhero fatigue” isn’t to blame for some comic book movies falling short of expectations.

“I don’t think it’s superhero fatigue, I think it’s ‘a movie that looks like a movie I’ve seen dozens of times before’ fatigue,” Miller said. “If you’re using the same story structure and style and tone and atmosphere as the movies and shows that have come before it, it doesn’t matter what genre it is. It will be boring for people.”

“And theater audiences can’t support themselves with Easter eggs and it’s revealing,” Lord added. “Or even these big, crazy multiverse stakes. They’re only interested in, like, the relationship between Rocket Raccoon and Groot.”

“Guardians” trilogy writer-director James Gunn, who now heads the new DC Universe, made similar comments in his Interview with Rolling Stone in April.

“I think there is something like superhero fatigue,” Gunn said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with superheroes. It’s about the kind of stories that need to be told, and if you lose your eye on the ball, which is the character. We love Superman. We love Batman. We love Iron Man. Because it is these incredible characters that we hold in our hearts. And if it’s just a bunch of nonsense on the screen, it gets really boring.”

“The Marvels” is set to open in theaters on November 10 from Disney.

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