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Why are comic book movies so popular? Show more Show less
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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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Realistic CGI has made comic book movies popular

Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has come a long way in the past couple of decades. What was once impossible to show the audience has now become possible. This makes comic book films more realistic and enjoyable.

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The challenge in creating a compelling comic book movie has always been suspending disbelief and making the audience believe that they are witnessing extraordinary feats, rather than cheap camera tricks. CGI has made it possible to realistically display superpowers on the silver screen, a feat that was incredibly challenging to accomplish before high-tech CGI became commonplace. Special effects like those used in Ironman, Thor, Batman V. Superman, and the Avengers films would never have been possible with the technology of the 1980s and '90s. The effects they use and the degree to which they use them is only made possible by CGI technology today.[1] People see comic book movies for the fictional and fantastic, and to see is to believe.[2] The introduction of CGI to comic book movies explains their rise in popularity.

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People go to see comic book movies for the character, not for the big CGI fights. Further, Superheroes like Batman and Superman had successful and popular movies in the '70s and '80s in spite of the fact that CGI technology at the time was nothing near what it is today.

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  1. https://pitjournal.unc.edu/article/superhero-popularity-past-and-present-america
  2. https://medium.com/framerated/10-reasons-why-superhero-films-are-so-popular-2ce69d2d93ea
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