2024 is expected to be a year filled with superhero movies, with franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Universe, and Sony’s Spider-Man Universe contributing to the saturated market. Superhero movies have dominated Hollywood franchise filmmaking since the early 2000s, and their overwhelming success has led to multiple releases each year, making it the most abundant genre in Hollywood.
2024 is Overflowing with Superhero Films
In 2024, there are eight confirmed superhero movies set to release from various studios. This number matches the record set in 2019 when there were also eight superhero movies released. The movies scheduled for 2024 include “Madame Web” in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, “Deadpool 3” in the MCU, an untitled Venom sequel, “Captain America: Brave New World” in the MCU, “Kraven the Hunter” in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, “Joker: Folie à Deux” in the DC Elseworlds, an untitled Sony/Marvel movie, and “Thunderbolts” in the MCU.
The increase in the number of superhero movies in 2024 can be attributed to various factors. The recent strikes by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA unions have led to delays and reshuffling of release schedules. Sony, in response to the strikes, pushed back the release of “Kraven the Hunter” and announced new release dates for “Venom 3,” adding two more superhero movies to the 2024 lineup. Furthermore, the MCU and Sony’s Spider-Man Universe show no sign of slowing down their content production, indicating that there may be even more superhero movies in the future.
However, the increase in superhero movie releases could also contribute to the arguments of superhero fatigue. Some recent superhero movies, like “Black Adam,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” and “The Flash,” have underperformed at the box office, leading to discussions of audience fatigue. The key to overcoming superhero fatigue lies in creating quality movies that resonate with audiences. If studios prioritize quality over quantity, superhero fatigue could become a thing of the past.
Although 2024 may hold the record for the most superhero movies released since 2019, it may not hold that record for long. The MCU, Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, and the upcoming DC Universe under James Gunn and Peter Safran are expected to continue producing a significant amount of content in the coming years. Ultimately, the success of superhero movies will depend on the quality of the films and whether studios can keep audiences engaged and excited about the genre.