Marvel movies are overrated


With the fanfare over Marvel’s latest film, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” I made the decision to watch the movie. With talk of it being one of the most highly anticipated Marvel productions of all time, I had high expectations before watching. While Tom Holland did not disappoint, I did leave the theater feeling as if I had watched the exact same three hours of any other Marvel movie.

For any movie over two hours (“No Way Home” taps out at two hours and 28 minutes), it can be difficult to engage viewers. Rather than cutting the movie time down, Marvel seems to justify this issue by packing their films full of action. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing if it’s warranted, or if you are an eight-year-old child, but it makes them otherwise difficult to watch.

As for the limited time that isn’t continuous action, Marvel supplements films with unfunny quips, usually deadpan one-liners. This appears to be consistent across most Marvel movies, even down to the repetitive nature of the jokes. 

Because most of their movies are long, overly action-packed, and generally unimaginative in humor, they give the impression that the same general template is applied to every storyline, thus giving them an air of predictability. 

With their acclaimed casts, Marvel movies naturally garner a large amount of anticipation for their release. However, much like their over-reliance on action sequences, they continue to rest their laurels on star power. 

Marvel also expects that each film will outdo the last, thus hinting at the need for non-stop action or any other overused device they choose. In recent years, it hasn’t just been enough that they have the stars; now there is a need for all the stars in every movie, which is just a studio ploy to get more bodies in seats.

To be fair, going into watching “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” I knew it would not live up to the seemingly inflated expectations. At the time, it was rated 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is on par with some of the greatest films of all time.  This theme of inflated ratings, however, seems to be a common thread among many Marvel movies. Obviously, Rotten Tomatoes is not the most reliable when it comes to ratings, but it is a highly coveted seal of approval for studio films, as they can heavily influence viewers prior to watching a movie.

Of course, audiences aren’t expecting top-tier acting or for the movie to invoke myriad emotions. However, when those are the standards for other movies rated similarly, it makes it seem as if the critics only hold Marvel movies to the standard of other Marvel movies, not to cinema in general. 

I would definitely not consider myself to be a Marvel expert; I have maybe seen half of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, I have seen the majority of Marvel’s highest-rated movies, and I am arguably a part of their target demographic; therefore, I feel qualified enough to speak on the matter.

Now by no means do I think Marvel movies are terrible, and it is possible that I will watch the next one that comes out. But, there is also a part of me that wishes that there actually was an “Endgame” to these movies.