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Anghus Houvouras on how The Avengers' success has spoiled Spider-Man, X-Men and Batman vs. Superman....

Does anyone else feel like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is overcompensating?  I mean, really overcompensating, like the middle aged guy who buys a monstrous Hummer or garish sportscar to make up for the fact that he isn't quite the spring chicken he used to be.  Sony's Amazing Spider-Man sequel looks like the mid-life crisis of Superhero films: flashy, bloated, and desperate.

Let's be honest: The Avengers has potentially ruined the superhero movie genre.  Any studio with licensed comic book characters is now trying to figure out how to turn their single franchise into a multi-headed monster that will give birth to multiple mega-blockbusters and keep them cash flush for years to come.  The Marvel paradigm was unique in that it had never been done before.  They had a very clear picture of what they wanted »

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