Franchise movies get a lot of flack. Yes, there is an infestation of franchise and reboot movies in theaters and streaming services these days and to some may look like they are choking out other genres. Even big filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola have been blasting franchises, especially comic book based movies, claiming that they are not real cinema. Personally I feel they and other filmmakers blasting superhero movies are wrong in the fact that they are not cinema. They are cinema and people work just as hard at creating these films as any other filmmaker. Superheroes and basic stories of good vs. evil have been part of human entertainment since the times of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and have a place in storytelling today. People love a good hero to root for and a villain to boo at. Also, one person’s idea of art can be different from another’s and who’s to say that one or the other is wrong? I may not find the works of Picasso all that compelling but there are many people who praise his work. I happen to think Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the greatest actors of my generation, but I am sure there are people out there who beg to differ. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure as the old saying goes. As for master filmmakers blasting the current rash of superhero and other franchise flicks, I have the utmost respect for them and what they do, and they have just as much right to their opinion as anyone else and I respect their opinions even if I may not agree with them fully.
Another thing to consider before people go hating on all these franchise films. Yes, they are everywhere with no end in sight, and many if not all are pretty formulaic, but have you given thought as to why they are all over the place? People obviously love them! People all over the developed world shell out money to see these films. As long as there is an audience willing to pay, studios will keep cranking out the movies. If nobody wanted these movies, then nobody would watch them or buy the merchandise and the filmmakers would just have to move on to other stories to create in hopes of making money. I think of many of these franchise movies as candy. They may not enrich your life or make you think much, but they are still a fun and enjoyable escape created by talented artists.