First, let me start by saying that I love Superhero’s. I am a nerd. I can debate with the best. I understand the arguments about why the Flash and the Hulk are considered to be the most powerful heroes. My guilty pleasure is Superman. But the point of this isn’t to get into the specific heroes and which are the best or why.
I want to talk about what I’d like to see in superhero movies. I know that Origin stories are necessary. What would we think if we just jumped into the middle of a story and saw Iron Man being a jerk to a kid? We may think that he’s a bad guy if we hadn’t already learned to love him. Or if we saw so many in their flamboyant costumes, running around putting themselves in danger, whether they had superpowers or fancy toys. We have to know their motivations.
As big as the Marvel and DC universes are, it seems there are really only a few stories that people care to hear about. Even I scoffed when I heard that they were making an Ant Man movie and Rocket Raccoon. I don’t know why I reacted that way. I know very little about these heroes. What I learned didn’t excite me, but you never know, they might have interesting stories.
I suppose as I stew this over, I’m willing to conceive that the reason I don’t react positively to these superheroes is because I haven’t been spoon fed their tale a million times.
But my point was this: with it being so hard to break into the superhero market, why do we have to keep seeing the same superhero movies again and again? We are well versed in their history now. We know where they came from. Stop telling it to us again! We know Batman’s parents were killed when he was a boy and bats scare him. We know that Superman was sent to Earth as a baby when his planet was destroyed. We know that Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and his uncle died. Got it. Let’s move on.
I think that’s why Avengers, and some of the individual character stories, are so successful. They’re fresh and shiny and new. But can you imagine if, and likely when, they reboot Iron Man? They’ve already done the Hulk several times.
Here is what I want to see. I want to see a continuation of the stories that I’ve already grown to love. I want to see a modern day superman story where Clark loved Lois in the 70s or 80s or whatever, and now it’s now, or the near future, and Lois has passed away as humans tend to do, Newspapers are struggling, and he has to adapt to this new life. How would Superman act, post-Lois? He will out live everyone, and we, in movies, have only seen him during this very brief period of his life.
What about modern day Peter Parker? Not high-school kid, but grown up Spiderman. The world hates him, I think. He just wants to be loved. Does he ever have Spider-babies? Would his kids have superpowers?
Just show us new stuff. Maybe some that challenge everything we know about them and their character. I would be thrilled to see the heroes that I love thrown into new and different situations.