Emily Puts It Bluntly—the Superhero Genre Is Exhausted

'Edge of Tomorrow'Credit: Warner Bros.
Is the superhero bubble about to burst? 

While sitting with Howard Stern this week, Emily Blunt squashed rumors that she and husband John Krasinski would play opposite each other in a Fantastic Four reboot. She told Stern that superhero movies are "not up [her] alley."

She continues, "That is fan-casting. No one has received a phone call... That's just people saying, 'Wouldn't that be great?'"

Blunt didn't stop there, making sure people knew that she didn't think these movies or roles were beneath her, but that she wasn't sure the genre could still be fresh. 

"I love Iron Man and when I got offered Black Widow, I was obsessed with Iron Man. I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr. It would've been amazing," Blunt said. "But I don't know if superhero movies are for me. They're not up my alley. I don't like them. I really don't." 

She went on to say, "It's been exhausted."

We have wondered if the genre was overdone too, as recently as January.

Blunt said, "We are inundated—it's not only all the movies, it's the endless TV shows as well. It's not to say that I'd never want to play one, it would just have to be something so cool and like a really cool character, and then I'd be interested."

It's hard not to agree with Blunt here. While it was the mediocre Gulliver's Travels that kept her from playing Black Widow, after being offered the role, she's gone on to take a lot of chances and flex her acting muscles in big and small features. Her work in A Quiet Place and Edge of Tomorrow shows she can work in blockbusters just as well as indies. 

And it does seem like we have a lot of superhero content lately. While the movies and shows have not suffered in terms of ratings and box office returns, I wonder how many times we can reinvent the wheel without it getting tired and overused.

I am excited for whatever Blunt does next. I hope Hollywood emphasizes more original filmmaking and stories, and that more actors like Blunt take chances on those roles. 

Let us know what you think in the comments.      

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The genre's not exhausted till people stop watching it. WandaVision and Falcon/Winter Soldier have been pulling in incredible ratings on Disney+ and there's tons of buzz for the upcoming MCU movies and shows. Zack Snyder's Justice League, for better or worse, got people's attention and generated discussion despite being a 4 hr long directors cut of a 4 year old movie. Invincible is a huge hit for Amazon.

When the ratings and box office numbers start plummeting we can have a serious talk about the overexposure of the superhero, but for now it's clear that audiences still want more.

May 14, 2021 at 1:51PM


The action genre is exhausted. The romance genre is exhausted. The horror genre is exhausted. The supernatural genre is exhausted. The revenge film genre is exhausted. The crime genre is exhausted. The blue collar battler genre is exhausted. The teen hijinks genre is exhausted. The sports genre is exhausted. The heist film is exhausted. The gangster genre is exhausted. The coming or age genre is exhausted. As long as the films meet audience expectations there'll be an audience. The problem is that cinemas and cinema confections are expensive, they're noisy, and crowded. Meanwhile modern TV's and sound systems are amazing and relatively inexpensive. Small films look great on a 4K HDR tv, especially to the layman. I usually save my bucks for the spectacles - movies that will benefit from the extra effort. No whats really exhausted, the no budget indie film. Even the most remarkable struggle in comparison much of the television shows currently streaming. I love Blunt but people have been saying this about the superhero genre since Burton's Batman sequel.

May 14, 2021 at 11:16PM

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eric wadsworth
Director, Storyboard artist, VFX artist.

The superhero genre is exhausted. For me. If the rest likes to eat this crap, please, have it.

May 15, 2021 at 12:30AM


I personally refuse to see any more superhero stuff. Done! Entertaining was at first. Now is just the same plot over and over and the same saturated cgi over and over! Turned boring fast.

May 15, 2021 at 1:40AM

Javier Diez

Because it can't be because Hollywood is full of talentless woke idiots who are more worried about "representation" and can't tell a good story of their life depended on it. It's got to be the audiences fault... Fyi, this site sucks.

May 15, 2021 at 6:10AM


I love her even more now. Edge of Tomorrow was way better than any Avengers movie, glad she didn't get stuck in that mess.

May 16, 2021 at 12:03PM


But she'll take a role in something like Arthur Newman, LOL.

May 21, 2021 at 8:52AM