This was an opinion I was not aware that I had until you said it. Is that a good thing?
What really hit me was this point:
“The problems with Marvel’s storytelling will be the problems of narrative storytelling for the foreseeable future. Once this is over, we’ll be dealing with a generation raised on this stuff, who believes it’s how storytelling ought to work: Harry Potter came out when I was in high school. I’m in my thirties, and I still haven’t seen the end of the “serialized YA fantasy” onslaught. Something this big sticks around.”
I think you were correct in identifying the main aspect of the future trend in mainstream film. I’m picking up several long-term consequences of this change:
a) mainstream movies will just get worse in our generation’s opinion
b) this new generation will just see our generation’s style of mainstream films as old and cheesier as the years pass and they will appreciate their movies as much as we appreciate the movies of our own time
c) there will still be great movies, we will just have to look for them differently
d) our generation’s great movies will always be great for us, and some of them will appeal to the next generation as well
d) they too will become aware of the ridiculous and terrible aspects of their generation of movies as time passes, and look back on it with a mixture of disgust and nostalgia
Not sure where I’m going with all this — just kind of a stream-of-consciousness kind of writing here — but I’m glad your article made me think more about it!