Across the Spider-verse director: 'Fans don't have superhero movie fatigue, they have same movie fatigue'
The number of comic book movies being released every year now can be overwhelming for some fans.
To date, over 30 movies have been released that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while there are plenty of films and TV shows that have been released from DC Comics also.
With the emergence of Disney+, fans are encouraged to watch television shows based around the MCU, too, meaning a lot of content needs to be taken in for the ultimate understanding of specific stories.
Critically, the MCU is going through a bit of a lull as projects like Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania did not receive as positive reviews as previous entries in that world, though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 brought some good faith back.
In 2023 alone, Marvel will release Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 and The Marvels, while What If...?, Secret Invasion, Loki, Ironheart, Echo and Agatha: Coven of Chaos will be released on streaming.
All of this has led to the suggestion that fans are suffering from superhero movie "fatigue".
But, Chris Miller of the critically acclaimed Across the Spider-Verse movie thinks it's more to do with the same story being told over and over.
"I don’t believe it’s superhero fatigue, I believe it’s 'a movie that feels like a movie I’ve seen a dozen times before' fatigue," he told Rolling Stone.
"If you’re using the same story structure and the same style and the same tone and the same vibe as movies and shows that have come before, it doesn’t matter what genre it is. It’s going to be boring to people."
Marvel fans can't be sustained by Easter Eggs
Miller's co-director Phil Lord believes that fans care more about the relationships on-screen than they do about the dozens of Easter Eggs that are shoved into every property currently.
"And the audience in the theater cannot be sustained on Easter eggs and reveals. Or even these big, crazy multiverse stakes. They only care about, like, the relationship between Rocket Raccoon and Groot," he added.
"And so this story is just so rooted in parents and kids. And Miles and his family. With the last movie we showed it to some friends early on, and they were like, 'You have to get to like all these multiple Spider-People as quickly as possible. That’s the exciting thing.'
"And we don't think so. Because the thing that everybody seems to enjoy is the quieter scenes with Miles and his mom and dad. They can’t get enough of it. And I’m so glad we stayed true to what the audience was telling us."
Into the Spider-Verse remains one of Marvel's most highly-rated movies, and the initial reviews suggest they have hit another home run with Across the Spider-Verse.