Well, somehow, the Disney-produced Marvel films (i.e. anything not Spider-man or X-Men) are managing to avoid this problem to a large degree, though the thing about movies based on superhero comics is that re-using characters from the comics is sorta the whole point. But they've been (for the most part) able to come up with their own take on the characters and the concepts and not allowed themselves to be shackled down by irrational adherence to the originals.
Actually, that's a good point. With the wave of reboots and remakes, (Disney) Marvel seems to be doing really
well, in comparison to X-Men and Spider-Man, for some reason or another.
I wonder if that's partly down to the structure of the films. In the (Disney) Marvel films you've basically got a main protagonist going up against a single antagonist, each surrounded by "smaller" characters with multiple protagonists appearing in the Avengers films.
In the X-Men films and in both the Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man films, things seem to go the opposite way. With Spider-Man and the Amazing Spider-Man trilogies (with the latter currently unfinished), one of the main criticisms of the second film in each series was that it was too "busy", with too many antagonists in a single film.
In X-Men, there seems to be a trend to try and fit as many mutants a they possibly can into each film, so in contrast to Spider-Man, there are too many protagonists, with the back story only explored later, either as part of the plot of later films (in the case of Jean Grey) or in spin-off films (in the case of Wolverine).
And I wonder, as well, how much of this seems to be down to the perception of the viewer. For me, X-Men, Spider-Man and the various Avenger-related materials have always seemed like three distinct universes (asking my brother and my ex-wife turns up the same result, but obviously that's not a representative sample). First you've got Spider-Man, which basically just follows Peter Parker as he becomes Spider-Man and then goes on to fight various criminals and all-in-all it seems like a fairly self-contained universe. The origin story is, for the most part, always the same, as are the various women in his life and his friends, at least to a point.
Next there's X-Men. Fair enough, a little more complicated because there are more central characters, but generally speaking there are always the same set of protagonists, e.g. Wolverine, Cyclops, Professor X, Storm, Jean, Beast, etc. who all share a similar origin story, i.e. mutation and a struggle for acceptance within a world what otherwise fears or hates them. Their exact backgrounds and histories might change, but generally speaking, I think X-Men, at least to me, has always been about the story as much as it was about the characters, which you kind of lose in the movies.
And then there's the rest of the Marvel Universe which is, let's face it, a bit of a mess. Currently we see Thor as a semi-immortal super-being from another planet/world, but IIRC, wasn't there an incarnation of Thor who was just a guy from Earth who was worthy of the power of Thor who, if he let go of Mjolnir, for too long, would revert back to his human form? There's so much going on in the rest of the Marvel universe that from my perspective it's fairly difficult to keep track of what's actually going on and how that relates to past stories.
Fair enough, you get the same thing in the Spider-Man and X-Men 'verses, but overall I think people are more willing to accept a fairly unbound level of creative freedom from the rest of the Marvel universe than in those two particular branches of it.
It would be quite interesting to hear your thoughts on the matter
It's a damned shame too, since anything with Star Wars on it is guaranteed to make big bucks at the box office; This would have been a great place to experiment with some fresh ideas, but instead we got stuck with the likes of J.J. "Mystery Box" Abrahms. Know what I'd really like to see? Star Wars as interpreted by Neill Blomkamp.
Well Sharlto Copley would have to be in it for one thing