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From X-Men's modest $296 million box office total to Avengers: Endgame's $2 billion, it's easy to see that comic book movies have become box office juggernauts over the last two decades. But why now? Comics have been around since World War II, so why are movies based on comics just now becoming popular? What, if anything, has changed?

Comic book movies are only recently becoming popular. Show more Show less

Comic book movies have only recently become popular. There are a few cases of superhero movies being cultural phenomena in the 1900s, but the genre has never seen success like it is seeing now.
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Comic book movies appeal to a wide audience

The comics that most comic book movies today are based on came out in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. Lots of adults with disposable income were raised on these heroes and their stories. Younger demographics enjoy the novelty of these stories. This allows comic book movies to appeal to a wide audience.

The Argument

Comic book movies appeal to young and old audiences alike. They are able to do this by using nostalgia to appeal to the older demographic, who grew up with these stories and characters.[1] In order to appeal to young demographics, they simply tell the story. The comic book industry crashed in the late 1900s, which means that most kids born after late 1993 didn't grow up reading comics. By simply telling a compelling story, comic book movies are able to appeal to a younger audience with what they perceive to be imaginative and original storytelling.[2] These same storytelling techniques have been around for decades though, in the panels of comic books. Older generations encountered these compelling, interconnected stories as children. Because they remember their childhood experiences with this medium fondly, older demographics also flock to the theaters to see comic book films. Thus, comic book movies are popular because they utilize nostalgia and novelty simultaneously to appeal to a wide audience.

Counter arguments

While comic book movies do appeal to adults, this isn't the only factor for their popularity. Further, although the comic book industry did collapse in the 90s, it didn't die, meaning some kids still grew up with comics. Comic book movies appeal to comic book fans in general, not just the older and younger demographics.

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  1. https://medium.com/framerated/10-reasons-why-superhero-films-are-so-popular-2ce69d2d93ea
  2. https://qz.com/1108122/how-hollywood-manipulates-you-using-your-childhood-memories/
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