Are You Suffering From Superhero Movie Fatigue?

Symptoms may include sequel-induced nausea, acute aversion to origin stories and a pathological hatred of Ben Affleck. Thankfully, it's never too late to quit...

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro opened in theatres around the country today; less than a fortnight after Captain America 2: The Winter Solider. Next month, it'll be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Then there's Transformers: Age of Extinction, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Guardians of the Galaxy and whatever else Marvel has waiting in its vault. 2014 promises even more superhero flicks, with the Ben Affleck-starring Batman reboot leading the charge.

Now, some of these movies admittedly don't look too bad -- but we can't shake the feeling that we've seen it all before. How many more city-leveling scraps can Iron Man and the gang get into before it all starts to feel a bit samey? Or have we passed that point already? It could be argued that the genre reached its high point with The Avengers and has been on a downward spiral ever since.

We're keen to hear what you guys think. Have superhero movies outstayed their welcome? Or is the genre just getting warmed up? Cast your vote below!

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    Nope. Just you i guess.

    Yeah, it's a fad right now, and if it ends I won't cry about it, so long as SciFi doesn't get plonked into that genre I'll be happy... Loves me some good SciFi... hell I loves me some bad SciFi... :)

      Superhero isn't a genre. it's a theme or a plot if you will.

      scifi movies have been around non stop for decades they aren't going anywhere, variety is key if you saturate the movie world with too much of one thing it will hide for a while and come back later.

        Superhero isn't a genre. it's a theme or a plot if you willYer... I have to disagree there dude.. It's a specific type of movie which has super hero's in it, which kinda actually does make it a genre... Ive been watching TV and movies since TV was introduced to Australia... so I've seen a few... thanks for the advice though...!

          Agreed. If gangster movies are a genre, so are superhero movies.

    I got sick of superhero movies sometime after spiderman and x-men 2 in 2002/2003... now here we are a decade later.

    The nolan batman films were top notch by not being comical
    The only other superhero who deserves his own film is deadpool

    The rest are BORING
    GROW UP!

      Praises Nolan's Batman trilogy for not being comical, suggests a wisecracking 'superhero' is the only other one worthy of a film.

    I'm getting sick of "origin" movies. The latest Batman series hit a true high point with The Dark Knight". Even though I think the 1989 Batman is a great flick (the sequels sucked), Christopher Nolan made a unique film (I didn't like Batman Begins and TDKR as much). But it seems like every couple of years they "reboot" a series with almost EXACTLY the same story. it gets tiring.

    Sooooooooo over it... but I guess, despite being a comic nerd, superheroes were never really my thing.

    I don't really care if they keep making them or not. Other people seem to enjoy them, so that's cool. I just won't be watching.

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    I don't like the fact that the only bankable non-superhero action franchise is now The Fast and the Furious. We need more variety and I'm frankly tired of superhero origin storys. I actually enjoyed the Thor and Captain America sequels precisely because they didn't feel like superhero movies. If I squinted, they could have been a fantasy and spy thriller respectively.

    Conversely, I did not enjoy Man of Steel. It was like they felt embarrassed to be called Superman in the title and film itself. Even touchstones like mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent are glossed over to make another angsty, postmodern superhero. The Batman origin story only works for certain franchises, you can't just give the dark n' gritty treatment to every property, particularly a boyscout like Superman, and expect it to work.

    No, they're still making good ones.

    Amazing Spiderman 2 was really good.
    Captain America 2 was really good.

    So I am happy.

    Since when are Transformers superheroes? I never thought of them like that, even as a kid watching the cartoons. And Sin City? I must admit I'm not very familiar with it, but I don't remember any heroes with super powers in that one.

    And when did the Man Of Steel sequel become a Batman reboot? That's like calling X-Men: Days Of Future Past a Wolverine reboot.

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