10 Ways That The Marvel Cinematic Universe Has Ruined Cinema

10. Too Many Cinematic Universes

A few years ago, the prospect of a "Cinematic Universe" seemed wholly original and super exciting. When Marvel announced their intentions to employ several solo superhero movies followed by The Avengers, comic book fans practically peed their pants at the prospect of Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor coming together in one motion picture. So whilst the Marvel Cinematic Universe succeed in its attempts of creating a fully-fledged, share universe that connects a number of their properties, the amount of money that the company pulled in as a result of said venture has inspired other Hollywood studios to act similarly. Get with the times, right? But now everybody wants a Cinematic Universe on their books, because Cinematic Universes - roughly translated - mean "huge profit." So now there's going to be a DC Cinematic Universe, a 20th Century Fox Cinematic Universe (featuring the likes of characters such as the X-Men and Deadpool), some kind of Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, and even a Star Wars Cinematic Universe - complete with its own spin-offs and solo entries. Things can no longer be enjoyed as individual entities, free from the restraints and pressure imbued by the likes of an epic, sprawling multiverse. And now, with so many Cinematic Universes on the horizon, it's verging on overwhelming.

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.