Are Hero Movies Losing Their Superpowers?

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This summer has offered a feast of superhero flicks — from Iron Man, to The Incredible Hulk, to The Dark Knight. But despite their box-office success, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott warns that comic book movies may have hit their peak this summer — and that it will all be disappointing sequels from here.

In his article "How Many Superheroes Does It Take to Tire a Genre?" Scott writes: "Those poor, misunderstood crusaders must turn big profits on a global scale and satisfy an audience hungry for the thrill of novelty and the comforts of the familiar. Is it just me, or is the strain starting to show?"

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