A brief history of superhero films

Michael Mirasol, IndieWire:

The last decade or so was a phenomenal time for the superhero movie genre, both thematically and financially…

But as the decade came to a close, the genre started to have less lofty goals. Since 2008, when the great pairing of Iron Man and The Dark Knight bookended that year's Summer Blockbuster season, there hasn't been a single worthy successor mentioned in the same breath.

Well written and observant opinion piece by Mirasol. An excellent seven minute video essay accompanies his writing.