The Wonders It is, officially, the worst premiere in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With a worldwide box office gross of less than 200 million dollars, the disappointment of such The film, directed by Nia DaCosta, will mark a turning point in the MCU. And, after this stunning failure, Disney announced that it would no longer report its weekend collection, something that had never happened before for any Disney film. Marvel Studios.
Although the film stars Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Vellani Magnet (Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel), and Teyonah Parris (Mónica Rambeau) are still showing up in some cinemas, the truth is that they run out of fuel easily. According to various analysts, it seems certain that he will end his career as the lowest-grossing film out of 33 feature films, which, released in the last 15 years, contains the macrofranchise orchestrated by Kevin Feige.
Until now, the Captain Marvel sequel grossed $197 million worldwide, of which only 80.7 million belong to the main market, North America. Wonders will be the first MCU film not to cross the barrier of 100 million dollars at the US box office. That means too, The Incredible HulkThe film was released in 2008 and earned a total of 265 million dollars worldwide. It is no longer UCM’s lowest-grossing film.
But the key element in evaluating the magnitude of the arrears in The Wonders is the fact that Edward Norton’s Hulk has a budget of about 137 million dollars, while the latest factory film costs about 220 million. Therefore, the losses will be greater, although they cannot be calculated exactly, because Disney has announced that it will stop reporting the film’s box office performance.
“Now that it’s the box office ‘The Wonders’ decreasing, we will stop reporting international and global collections for this title at the end of the week.”said the brief statement sent by the company to Variety and collected by CulturaOcio.com. It gives the impression, therefore, that the studio threw in the towel—something unprecedented in productions on the scale of those at UCM.
In any case, the loss of The Wonders seems to confirm the trend towards the obvious wear and tear of superhero cinema. And this year, with some exceptions that can be short of two titles (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 that earned $845 million and the animated film Spider-Man: Crossing the Multiverse earned $690 million.) or three, including Ninja Turtles: Mutant Chaos, which raised 180 million dollars, which was a modest success considering their small budget, the rest of the films in the genre did not meet expectations.
And it seems the days when superhero movies regularly touched $1 billion at the box office are behind us. Therefore, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, another UCM movie, also not meeting expectations, remained at 476 million dollars worldwide.
But on the part of DC, whose cinematic universe died in the last throes before the reboot led by James Gunn, the coupling of fiascos is the only constant. The Flash ($270 million) Shazam! The wrath of the gods (133 million) and Blue Beetle (129 million) are the final nails in the coffin of the Snyderverse, which will end with the premiere in a few days of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. And the predictions for the sequel, starring Jason Momoa They are also not very flattering.
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Data that explains why Marvel Studios decided to put the brakes on and, also forced in large part by delays resulting from screenwriter and actor strikes, will only release one film in 2024. Deadpool 3, the character’s first film, Ryan Reynolds, is now inside UCM, which will also show the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. A highly anticipated film, yes, but whose R rating (adults only) holds it back as far as the box office is concerned in such a delicate moment. The film will be released on July 26.
There is also a complete slowdown in Washington, D.C. Waiting for that, James Gunn laid the cornerstone of the factory’s new cinematic universe with the premiere of Superman: Legacy, a film based on the characters of DC that will come out in theaters in 2024. Joker: Folie and Deux, the sequel to the film with Joaquin Phoenix, won the Oscar for telling the origins of Batman’s most iconic enemy—without Batman. A sequel, again directed by Todd Phillips, will feature Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn and be released on October 4.
The case is different for Sony, which next year will step on the accelerator and release three films derived from the universe: Spider-Man: Madame Web, to be released on February 16 starring Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney; Kraven the Hunter, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Russell Crowe, and Ariana DeBose leading the cast, will be released on August 30; and Venom 3, also with Tom Hardy as the star, will be released in theaters on November 8 next year.