Superhero sagas are just too much
CAN there ever be too much of a good thing?
For movie-goers drowning in superhero movies, the answer could soon be yes.
Hugh Jackson's final turn as Wolverine - simply called Logan - was released this week, and that's just the beginning of an onslaught of comic book blockbusters coming up.
Just this year we have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man Homecoming, Thor Ragnarok, Wonder Woman, Justice League and the Lego Batman Movie (which admittedly, looks hilarious).
The caped carnage isn't going to end for a long while - Disney, Warner Bros and Fox have massive schedules plotted out, with up to 20 additional movies coming between 2018 and 2020.
Sony even has plans for an animated Spider-Man film.
And then there's the ever-growing number of superhero TV series like Agents of Shield, The Flash and Netflix's Daredevil.
Eager for a piece of the pie, other companies are preparing their own "shared universes” of characters - Legendary Pictures is bringing together old rivals Godzilla and King Kong and Universal is relaunching their famous monsters, starting with a reboot of The Mummy.
As a movie reviewer and huge comic book nerd, I should be overjoyed - but it's all getting to be a bit too much, even for me.
Yes, superheroes make a lot of money for Hollywood - the first Avengers made Disney an incredible $1.5 billion - but things can change, especially if the audience is bombarded by too much of the same thing.
The gap between remakes and recasts is getting closer and closer. We're now up to the third actor playing Spider-Man since 2002. The 2015 Fantastic Four reboot was widely disliked and bore so little little resemblance to the original that it was unrecognisable.
Oversaturation has happened before - until the 1960s, the western genre ruled the roost on TV and the big screen, but cowboy flicks are far less common these days.
Disney's Lone Ranger remake from a few years ago - kind of a western and superhero movie in one - was a massive flop. (Although to be fair, it was a pretty bad movie.)
Superhero blockbusters aren't going anywhere yet, but it might be time for Hollywood to start looking ahead to the next big (non-caped) thing.
Who knows, maybe westerns could be in for a comeback?