Movie blockbusters have almost become synonymous with superhero movies. “Iron Man 3” was the highest grossing film of 2013, and “Man of Steel,” the Superman reboot, came in at number 4 spot last year.
In 2014, a slew of superhero movies are slated to hit the big screen, including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.
In 2015, audiences will be presented with “The Avengers 2,” “The Fantastic Four,” and“Ant Man.”
Projects that are in the works include “Batman vs. Superman,” and Marvel announced in February that it’s planning to give Black Widow, the character played by Scarlett Johansson first introduced in “Iron Man 2,” her own spinoff. Rumors have been swirling that Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique might also get her own star vehicle.
Do you welcome this ever-expanding list of superhero movies, or are you a bit confused by the endless offerings? How do you choose which ones to go see? What are the challenges facing studios and filmmakers in ensuring that these storylines and characters stay fresh?
Alynda Wheat, film critic for KPCC and People
Amy Nicholson, film critic for LA Weekly
Paul Dergarabedian, veteran box office analyst and tracker and Senior Media Analyst at Rentrak, a media measurement and research company