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Won­der why stu­dios keep churn­ing out comic­book movies?

The plethora of Marvel and DC comic-book movies we’ve been see­ing is about stu­dios re­tain­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights and very lit­tle about cre­ativ­ity, or even viewer de­mand. When a stu­dio buys into the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights of say, Spiderman, a con­tract caveat stip­u­lates they must keep pro­duc­ing films on this char­ac­ter, or they will lose their li­cence to it.

This is why you might see se­quels – or quickly pro­duced, cheap se­quels when view­ers did not seem to ask for them – for some­thing like Wolver­ine. – Grethe Koen

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