Marvel Movies have always had the upper hand at the box office. Even in the 70’s Marvel had a market share of 25 percent in the box office. People always preferred to go to superhero movies or movies like Mission Impossible, Star Wars, or Jurassic World.
You can argue that Black Panther is better than Tomb Raider or that Wonder Woman is better than King Arthur. Recently the change you can notice is that people who showed up for all kinds of movies have abandoned the theatres because of Home Streaming services.
Imagine there are two movies Aladin and Booksmart. In the past, people may have given Booksmart a chance at the theatres instead of Aladin. But nowadays, because of the home streaming services, people would rather stay home and watch Booksmart.
Current Scenario Of Superhero Movies
Another noticeable phenomenon is that people who watch a particular movie on Home streaming services go on and tell the whole world how it was not given its due. But in reality, some people give good reviews to certain movies, whereas people do not want to spend their money to go and watch it in the theatres.
A few years ago, there was no Youtube or Netflix, and the internet was not as widespread as today. Also, the price of movie tickets has gone up considerably. To explain the scenario, I will give you another example if you take the case of gaming consoles.
Once most of the games became accessible to everyone at home, nobody wanted to make an effort to go out and play arcade games. Unless it is something special, people did not want to invest their money and time on it. The same scenario can become a reality in the movie industry too.
Although the same amount of audience is going to the theatre, people these days are spending their money on a smaller pool of films. They would prefer to spend their money on blockbusters, specifically Superhero movies.
Who’s To Blame?
There are still at least a couple of movies coming out every week, but the only thing holding people back is their wallet. The situation at hand is not the result of Pain & Glory not showing in a theatre near you, or marvel brainwashing the masses to watch only superhero flicks. It has more to do with the series of developments that have taken place in the last decade or so. Combine this with recession and increase in the movie tickets; it has lead to the current situation.
Also, an additional factor could be a massive reduction in the cost of electronic goods like Smart TVs, Home Theatre systems. So the problem is not DC or Marvel. They only make for about five percent of the movie releases.
Conclusion Superhero Movies
So if I have to sum it up, it has more to do with the preferences of the audience rather than people making superhero movies. For people who find the movie tickets today, a touch expensive, home streaming services do the job. However, people do go to theaters occasionally to catch the blockbuster superhero movies now and then.