Sunday, July 21, 2024

Disney-Marvel’s Adrift “The Marvels” Panned by Reviewers: Have Cash Cow Super Hero Movies Finally Worn Out Their Welcome?


All good things must come to an end, even super hero movies.

So it may be for “The Marvels,” which debuts tomorrow night. The 33rd Disney-Marvel comic book film is being panned by reviewers.

Despite the great Brie Larson, “The Marvels” has a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes — and it’s sinking.

Reviewers are calling it a mess, boring, and irrelevant.

What’s clear is that “The Marvels” was always a movie in search of an idea. It’s been held and reworked a lot. Now it seems to make up for lack of a plot and a villain, Marvel threw in a lot of Marvel Universe connections to keep it alive.

I guess it didn’t work, not even the sight of Robert Downey Jr. in the trailers. Iron Man/Tony Stark has been dead a long time.

Marvel had been on a roll for a long time. But with the pandemic and strikes, they are finally seeing backlash. They’ve also got a major problem with the next three planned “Avengers” movies. Jonathan Majors is supposed to star as the villain Kang. But he’s on trial soon for domestic abuse. Whether or not he’s found innocent of all charges, Majors may be too tainted now for Disney to keep him. “The Avengers” movies are now in limbo.

Marvel may have to wait to be marvel-ous for a while.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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