By Alan Moore
Illustrated by Dave Gibbons
Let’s take a look at some nerdery by the numbers. Since the release of “Iron Man” in 2008, Marvel Studios has released 19 installments of its famed cinematic universe – by all accounts, the most commercially successful franchise in the history of film. These 20 motion pictures have grossed more than $17 billion at the worldwide box office. Production costs alone surpass the gross domestic products of some countries. And with three more titles slated for release this year and another two scheduled for 2020, these figures will only grow.
Critically, the films tend to have high floors and low ceilings, yet even that may be starting to change. “Black Panther” was up for six Academy Awards this year, including best picture, the first time a Marvel movie has been nominated for anything outside a technical category and the first of its kind to bring home a statue. (The Marvel universe-adjacent murder ballad “Logan” wa
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