Take the comic book movie genre as an example. Back in 1997, the industry was still reeling from the disappointment of Batman Returns, and aside from The Crow and Blade, comic book movies struggled to gain much traction. How times change.
By 2017, the likes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Warner’s fledgling DC Extended Universe have become industries of their own, and tend to pump out two-to-three blockbusters (see: Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League) with each year that passes. That breathless output will seemingly continue long into the 2020s, given we recently learned that Disney has closed a deal to acquire Fox’s entertainment assets, thereby leaving the door open for the X-Men (and Fantastic Four! and Deadpool!) to join Marvel’s ever-evolving universe. Talk about greatness from small beginnings.