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Are Marvel Movies Ruining the Film Industry?

It may seem strange to accuse Marvel of ruining the film industry when Marvel, in particular, is the biggest game in town. Their movies make money hand over fist, with Avengers: Endgame alone making what three or four “ordinary” blockbusters might make. 

However, that very statement speaks to what ails the movie businesses. And it’s not only Marvel that’s the problem. The big studios rely so much on presold titles with their sequels and remakes and reboot that everything else gets lost in the shuffle.

Zendaya and Tom Holland
Zendaya and Tom Holland | Fotonoticias/FilmMagic

It’s telling that there is only one movie this year to make more than $100 million that’s not based on some pre-existing intellectual property, and that’s Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood. But is it fair to blame the mega-budget tentpoles when they’re what’s keeping the business going?

Are Marvel movies ‘all the same?’

A user on Reddit got the discussion going, arguing that Marvel was basically making the same movie over and over. The user said: “They all are incredibly formulaic, and have essentially the same plot, but re skinned with different characters. Sure, some intricacies involving the plot may be different, but overall it’s the same general conflict-resolution dynamic.”

Moreover, the user argued this is bad for movies in general: “Why make a quality movie with a unique plot, unique characters, and a ‘deep’ message, when you can just make a typical movie with a big budget and a couple of A-Listers and still make

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