Episode #24 – Superhero Staying Power?

Disco. Westerns. There are many examples of things that were once popular that have since died out. The question is, are we in the middle of one of those scenarios as we speak? Thanks to their incredible success at the box-office, today superheroes are as popular as they have ever been. Whether its kids or adults, women or men, everyone seems to enjoy stories of a mild-mannered somebody learning that great responsibility comes along with the great powers. But is it possible that the day will come for the popular concept of superheroes to end? Might we see its prevalence be replaced by something new? The panel takes a look at whether or not the superhero is sustainable.


Zack Slater
Frank Melman (on Twitter)
Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)
Clifton (on Twitter)

Produced by Zack Slater

Produced/Edited by Clifton (on Twitter)

Engineered by Mike BlueLion209

Music: Arpy – Dan Henig  
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Episode Notes

Steven Spielberg’s thoughts on superhero movies are reported here.

Martin Scorsese’s thoughts on MCU and other franchise films can be found in his New York Times OpEd here.

Taxi Driver trailer

The King of Comedy trailer

Joker trailer

The King Of Comedy – Joker Style Trailer: a mock-trailer for The king of Comedy cut in the style of the Joker trailer

Thor in Space – Art by Jack Kirby

Thor Love and Thunder Logo

Green Arrow makes Chili

One Reply to “Episode #24 – Superhero Staying Power?”

  1. Jack Burton

    I thought I would send you guys some information regarding genre since it seemed to be a theme in this podcast. The French film theorist, Christian Metz, published his theory on the evolution of genre and the different stages it cycles through. I posit a genre technically never dies, it just evolves and eventually comes full circle so to speak going through the different stages. You can find more information at:


    That is a very basic breakdown of the theory with examples, but as you can see most genres are at the deconstruction stage at this point, but you still have current examples that fall back to the classical, experimental, and parody stages.

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