Superhero movies still soar

TROY AUBUT
Staff Writer

Nothing beats watching a superhero movie when you can do it with friends, do it for the eye candy, or do it for the story. Some fans and moviegoers may have noticed, though, that it seems as if superhero movies have been coming out on a larger scale recently, and there seems to be at least five superhero movies playing almost every year since 2000.
With “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” playing in theaters now, the next superhero movies to come out this year are “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” on May 2, “X-Men:Days of Future Past” on May 23, and then “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Aug. 1.
“Captain America:The Winter Soldier” has been getting good reviews for its thrilling storyline and has been in second place in the box office for the year of 2014, with a total gross of almost $170 million. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Dane DeHaan, has already been released internationally and will be coming to the U.S. next month, bringing a unique plot and multiple villains all in one.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” will also be coming next month with roles being reprised by various actors and actresses from earlier installments. It will be about the superhero ensemble joining forces with their past selves to save their future.
Finally, “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be coming out later this summer and will bring with it a new set of interesting characters familiar to many avid comic book readers, but unknown to moviegoers, to add on to the large story of the Marvel cinematic universe.
So what’s up with all these superhero movies coming out in bulk? “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel,” “The Wolverine,” and “Thor:The Dark World” came out last year, and each garnered a good amount of attention. “The Wolverine” is an example of a superhero movie that relies heavily on one single actor to make the character seem believable. In this case, it is Hugh Jackman who does this for the great enjoyment of fans.
There are many reasons that could be responsible for the success of superhero movies according to various websites. Word and Film.com points to the use of technology like CGI, which makes the movies seem realistic and actually complement the movies as well.
Wired.com points to the idea that some of the movies feature iconic characters played by amazing actors and actresses who seem to make the movies a success. WiseGeek.com states that these movies inspire and bring hope to those who look around the world and don’t see a lot of good;these movies can serve as a form of escape from the world around us nowadays.
AMC Movie News not only states some of the above reasons, but also states that superhero movies are successful because of the large amounts of sources that Hollywood can draw from, which also happen to be the sources that fans and moviegoers recognize.

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