Wesley Morris has a question: Why does “big summer blockbuster” always mean “big summer sequel?”
“There’s another ‘Transformers’ movie,” says Morris, film critic at Grantland. “Everything is ‘another.’ It is either a sequel or part of a franchise, which is technically a sequel.”
Morris says that gargantuan franchises like Spiderman and Transformers have been safe bets for film studios in recent years. But this summer might see that trend changing.
“I think people are going to be ready for something new. And something original. The [negative] response to “Amazing Spider Man 2” has been really heartening, at least for me. It’s interesting to see moviegoers get a point where they are getting fed up with the idea of being expected to go see something because it’s starring a superhero, or based on a comic book.”
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