A new comic book age

Is this the Cinema Age? I had a thought a few weeks ago, surrounding the so-called ages of comic books. Previously, there were three ages: The Golden Age, which was around World War II; the Silver Age, which was around the 1960s and the Modern Age was in the 1980s and 1990s. Could this be the Cinema Age?

Certainly, comic book-based television shows, movies and the like have come through to the mainstream before. “Super-Man” was a major success. So was “Batman.” But it seems the advancement of CGI and visuals has pushed to the point to where a comic-based movie is more believable.

As much as those movies, or others, had measures of commercial success, could we pin the start of the so-called Cinema Age to the first X-Men film? Think about the explosion of Marvel movies because of X-Men.

Certainly, this age has evolved, too. We went from the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Spider-Man to Iron Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That has prompted Warner Bros./DC to start its own interconnected universe.

The cash alone can’t be ignored in terms of how much these movies are making at the box office. There are other spinoff properties, the non-connected DC superheroes on various networks and the supposedly-connected Marvel superheroes on ABC, Netflix and Freeform.

I am very much enjoying the MCU in itself, having just seen Captain America: Civil War as well as the Netflix series of Daredevil and Jessica Jones and ABC’s Agents of SHIELD. We will see just how far this different age lasts.

In the last few days, I’ve come more and more to this conclusion. As comics are being adapted into television series and/or movies, there are plenty of nuggets to keep the hardcore fans involved, but there’s also enough to try to reach new audiences.

A bit of a prime example is what is happening within the Captain America book, as it is being reported. The story is that Captain America is supposedly been a part of Hydra the whole time. It makes absolutely no sense, but that’s the storyline that’s being discussed. Sure comic fans are screaming about it. It’s getting some mainstream press, too.

But what does it say about the Captain America comic book that the writers and creators have to feel the need to go with this storyline to help drum up sales? The Death of Superman was another deal that basically was a shock storyline to drum up headlines and sales. It worked a few decades ago, but DC did that similar sort of thing with Batman, too.

I could be completely wrong. I’ve not bought a comic book in ages. I haven’t had much time, and I enjoy watching the various series and movies, especially Marvel’s MCU. It just feels like what’s happening on the screen for TV and movies is affecting the old school paper books and what’s seen on the screen through Comixology.

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