Or why it has never been a better time to be a fan of superheroes
I went to go see Deadpool 2 on its opening day, and I was excited to see what they did with the sequel. Although this isn’t really a review post, I will say that I enjoyed the sequel more than the original. At the end of the day, this is Deadpool we’re talking about. If you enjoyed the first, you’ll probably enjoy the second as well.
Going to see Deadpool 2 made me think about just how fortunate those of us who love superhero films are in this day and age. And it’s not just about quantity, either. Truth be told, I’d actually rather there be a few less comic book films as blockbusters. Give me truly original content any day of the week.
No, what I’m thinking about is how we’ve gotten to a new stage in superhero movies. We’re past the point where we have to sit through a ton of origin stories (although I’m sure Marvel still has a few more in the bag). Now we get to see studios try new and interesting takes on superheroes in film. We’re not rebooting Spiderman for the fifteenth time – now, we’re making him grow up.
Right now, I’m specifically thinking of Logan, Infinity War, Black Panther, and Deadpool 2. Each of these movies is incredibly different from one another, but each one has done something new, interesting, and fantastic.
Perhaps this is best said by the Nerdwriter in his video on the subject. If you’re interested, it’s about Logan, and you can find it here: When superhero films get old
But to sum it up, I’d say this: Now that superhero films have become a staple of our culture, they can evolve and become something more. Whether the genre is being lovingly skewered by Deadpool or diversified by Black Panther, we’re seeing what happens when a genre reaches a place where it can push beyond its previous boundaries. In my opinion, this is the time when we’ll see the best films as a result.
Although I have to admit, I’m still really not sure about Ant-man and the Wasp.