Even The Marvels Director Admits Superhero Fatigue Is Real…but Misses the Point Entirely

Even The Marvels Director Admits Superhero Fatigue Is Real…but Misses the Point Entirely
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Despite admitting that superhero fatigue exists, Nia DaCosta claims to have found a way around it with The Marvels by making it “wacky and silly.” What a fresh idea.

“Superhero fatigue” is a relatively new term and we can thank the MCU ’s Phase 5 for it. The constant content bombardment in the form of movies, TV shows, and even podcasts (we still have no idea what the target audience of The Flash ’s podcast is, but it’s DC) resulted in general exhaustion when it comes to superhero comics fans.

But as it goes, Marvel is never wrong — so despite the term “superhero fatigue” literally existing thanks to the studio’s current strategy, it keeps going all-out on content. We’re already seeing the decline in quality because of the quantity (yes, Secret Invasion, we’re referring to you), but for now, the bombardment continues.

The Marvels is one of the upcoming movies set in the MCU, and while no one else does, its director, Nia DaCosta, admits that superhero fatigue is a real issue. First of all, it kind of means that things are quite bad when a Marvel director says this; second of all, right after that, DaCosta completely misses the point just like others.

"I think superhero fatigue absolutely exists… The biggest difference from the other MCU movies to date is that [The Marvels is] really wacky and silly. The worlds we go to in this movie are worlds unlike others you’ve seen in the MCU. Bright worlds that you haven’t seen before,” Nia DaCosta told Total Film.

While we all appreciate the sentiment, we can’t help but think that being “wacky and silly” is totally not the correct recipe to deal with superhero fatigue. After all, isn’t it Marvel’s go-to tactic for making movies? Something terrible or grand happens, and the jester character goes, “Whoa, didn’t expect that!” It’s literally every MCU movie.

So no, we don’t think that “wacky and silly” will make things right for The Marvels — but at least, it’s nice to know that some people over at Marvel acknowledge the existence of superhero fatigue. Now, we just have to wait a few more years until they realize that the only way to tackle it is to focus on quality and stop the bombardment.

Source: Total Film