Following Steven Spielberg's comments that the superhero film will "go the way of the Western" and fade out of prominence, two notable names from the Marvel Studios pantheon have chimed in with their thoughts on the matter (h/t Den Of Geek).
While speaking with Collider, Chris Evans -- who has played Captain America in two solo films and two "Avengers" films -- said that he thinks superhero films are prominent now thanks to the advances made in filmmaking technology.
"I certainly think that given the fact that technology has finally advanced, they're always going to be looking for other films to match their technological accomplishments," said Evans. "Any film that can incorporate these larger-than-life characters and fantastical locations and plots, the technology wants to prove they can do it so whether it's superhero film or fantasy in general, that's going to surge for a while."
Evans also stated that the superhero genre is itself a mash-up of genres -- a fact that makes it durable. "In terms of superhero in general, existing properties that we know and love, it's going to be a matter of the tone they strike," said Evans. "You could look at Jason Bourne as a superhero. You could take any superhero movie and if you ground it enough, if you make it real enough -- that's what I think ['Captain America: The Winter Soldier' directors Joe and Anthony Russo] do really well. Certain superhero movies feel like 'superhero movies.' Russo movies almost feel like human stories with a little bit of superhero sprinkled in. So you might get exhausted of the larger-than-life powers I suppose, but as long as the filmmakers keep on reinventing the flavor and the approach and the tone, audiences are going to still go."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" writer/director James Gunn also weighed in on the matter on Twitter, revealing that while he doesn't necessarily disagree with Spielberg's comments, he also doesn't view his Marvel sci-fi adventure a straightforward "superhero" movie.
That they'll eventually die out? He could be right, who knows. But, btw, I don't think of GotG as a superhero movie. https://t.co/zdAf9bSaC0
- James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 7, 2015
Spielberg's original comments were reported by the Associated Press last week. "We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western," Spielberg said. "It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns."