That’s it, folks. With Avengers: Endgame, we’ve not only hit the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but of the superhero genre entirely. No more movies about super-powered crimefighters will be made from here on out. In their absence, what will be the next major trend to sweep popular culture?
With Game of Thrones persisting at the top of pop culture even in its final season, I suspect that the intriguing fantasy format of that show, Dune, and even Harry Potter will explode into all kinds of media. I’m talking about the Game of Thrones spinoffs and knockoffs that are on the way, sci-fi fantasy programs (such as The Mandalorian), and, knowing Disney, something very kid-focused (Frozen 3).
Of course, I’m pretty excited about the new Dune, so maybe this is wishful thinking.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
Maybe witches will be the next big thing. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Charmed have recently been revived for television, and the remake of Suspiria isn’t that far in the rear view mirror. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is spearheading a remake of Bewitched for ABC. Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic The Witches is on the way next year, while the blockbuster musical Wicked is casting its spell on the big screen in 2021. A witch is among the nemeses in 2020’s live-action remake of Mulan. If you don’t feel like waiting that long for a Disney witch, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will be out just in time for Halloween. There’s supposedly some sort of small-screen Hocus Pocus remake or sequel in the works as well.
So, yeah. Witches! You heard it here first.
Vampires and zombies have each already had their day. I suspect that Adam is right about witches making a big push. (He didn’t even mention The Witch or A Discovery of Witches, which both made some waves recently.)
Looking at where our culture is right now, though, it’s clear to me that one particular type of monster is certain to dominate the zeitgeist for the foreseeable future. I’m speaking, of course, about racist morons.
They’re already everywhere, top to bottom in our society, from secretive backwoods Klan meetings to the highest reaches of public power. Even if we’re fortunate enough to oust some of these imbeciles from office in the next election cycle (which is probably unlikely, to be honest, as they’re just getting stronger), it seems inevitable that we’ll have to suffer decades worth of movies and TV shows about the damage they’ve done to this era. Some will be serious-minded political docudramas, but racists will also become the de facto villains in action movies and other summer tentpoles.
It’s a depressing vision, I’m sorry to say.
How relieved are you to finally be done with superheroes? What do you see coming next?
[Note: The header image to the post is The Witches’ Ride, by William Hobrook Beard, 1870. Found at Wikimedia Commons.]