Dear Crabby, Is ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ the End of Superhero Movies?

Dear Crabby,

The highly anticipated Marvel Avengers: Infinity War movie comes out this weekend. Is this the end or will there be more?

Thanks!
Scott Pym

Dear Scott Pym,

Oh, you’re so precious to think that these superhero movies will be leaving us alone anytime soon. I mean look at Black Panther. That movie made at least a trillion dollars. OK. It didn’t make that much, but it has made almost $700 million. That’s more than the theatrical grosses of Iron Man, Thor, and the first Captain America movie … combined. These superhero movies are a goldmine. At least for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not too sure how DC Comics is faring in comparison. Anyway, you’ve got the movie tickets, which ain’t cheap. And according you my grandkids you must see them in 3-D or IMAX, or in seats that vibrate so you feel like you are part of the action. This will of course cost you more than a regular seat. And then there’s all the merchandise. These marketing folks really have all the bases covered. Back in my day, we just had the comic books and maybe a special trinket. During my kids’ childhood there were underoos and action figures. Now there are clothes, costumes, backpacks, games, gloves … my wallet gets lighter just thinking about it. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Marvel is part of the Disney family. And let’s face it: no one knows how to market better than the Mouse. Resistance is futile.

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As for Infinity Wars, it’s the culmination of all the other superhero movies up to this point. The thing is, the build-up started like a decade ago, so does anyone really remember what the whole point is? If you do care (and are still reading), this movie takes place two years after those ragtag band of misfits known as the Avengers were forced to pick whether they were Team Iron Man or Team Captain America in Captain America: Civil War. The bad guy Thanos wants his fancy Infinity Stones for a gauntlet (that’s a fancy glove in plain folk speech) so he can bend reality to his will. Isn’t that what every bad guy wants? Anyway, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy misfits to… wait for it … save the universe. Sorry for the spoilers. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say they succeed, but there will be ‘sacrifices.’ I sure hope Samuel L. Jackson is in it. He doesn’t care if you like him and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Now that’s an action figure I’d actually buy. Especially if he talked. As for future movies, there’s Ant-Man and the Wasp later this year followed by Captain Marvel and another Untitled Avengers Film, both in 2019. After that, who knows? As long as fans are willing to hand over their hard-earned money, I think Bucky and Cap say it best, “We’re with you (Marvel) until the end of the line.”

To Infinity and Beyond!
Dear Crabby

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