Overrated adjective.“If something or someone is overrated, that person or thing is considered to be better or more important than they really are.” Well, that’s what the Cambridge Dictionary says. Not bad, but something that may not, in your opinion, turn out as good as what people say or think about it. How many times have you had your friends and colleagues recommend a movie to you with all their fervour, naturally raising hopes, and when you finally end up watching that film, you were filled with nothing but utter disappointment at how mediocre the “best film they ever saw”/ “masterpiece” was? Quite a number of times I guess.
Let’s face it, Superhero movies have changed the game. A ton of movies release each year, out of which the best business is carried out by superhero films, with some of them shattering records and performing unprecedented feats at the Box Office, which is obvious given their mass commercial appeal and some excellent marketing and pre-release hype. In the process, however, there are some remarkable movies that are missed out by the audience, and when you watch them, there is a lingering feeling that they should’ve gotten more attention than some truly average superhero fare. That being said, superhero movies are undeniably fun, and some of them actually try to push the envelope in terms of storytelling. But what about those cliché-ridden, hollow, blockbuster summer movies being pitched at us in the name of popcorn flicks and somehow end up earning millions and a huge fan following too?
Accepting that you can never write such an article without offending a certain group of people because of sentimental value attached to these films, I will still try my best, but at the end of the day, it’s only an opinion, and should be taken as such. So, *shields up* here goes a list of the most overrated superhero movies.
1. The Avengers (2012)
When it released back in 2012, it wasn’t just a movie, it was an event; the hype was unbelievable. Not able to secure tickets for the first weekend, I settled in for an early Monday showing. I wouldn’t lie, but I sat there, prepared to be blown away by a spectacle of sorts. At least that’s what the reviews and popular opinion stated. Alas, it completely eluded my eyes as to what the hype was all about. Certainly it was an ensemble to behold, and the characters were brought together in the end neatly. Sadly, the rest of it just relied on every superhero cliché ever put to screen. Formulaic in its approach, I wonder if the same kind of storyline would’ve worked if it weren’t for a giant team-up of superheroes.
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)