These days, Marvel fans are very protective of those movies. Some see no fault in them and some base their entire lives around them; it’s these eccentricities that our fandom is built around (as well as this website), but sometimes things go a little too far – such as when anybody criticises them too much, or makes a comment perceived to be criticism. Zack Snyder has done just that, and everybody is obviously raging. Ah, fandom.
Snyder has done a couple of interviews over the past day for something to do with Doritos and Batman v Superman; yesterday we covered his thoughts on the death of superhero movies, and today he’s been chatting up the competition: Marvel. When asked pretty much the same thing as before by The Daily Beast (regarding the end of the genre), Snyder took a little shot at Ant-Man…
I feel like he’s right. But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. They’re not just, like, the flavour of the week Ant-Man – not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?
I’m sure there is a Blank-Man if you look deep enough into Marvel.
People have interpreted this as Snyder claiming superiority with his DC movies; I can see why people would think that, but it’s just not the case. Ant-Man is “flavour of the week”. He’s still a relatively new superhero to the general public, and the movie wasn’t so groundbreaking that it’ll still be talked about in decades to come. Batman and Superman are still being talked about decades after they were created. Bitch and moan all you like, but he’s completely right.
When the superhero movie genre dies, I’d wager that it’ll be Marvel’s heroes who fall first. The big dogs – Spider-Man, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers – will probably live on, but the DC Triniy of Bats, Supes and Wonder Woman will almost certainly live on.