Steven Spielberg: All Things — Even Superhero Movies — Must Pass

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Steven Spielberg. Photo: JB Lacroix/WireImages

Sunrise doesn't last all morning. A cloudburst doesn't last all day. And one movie genre doesn't dominate the box office forever and ever. So says Steven Spielberg, who assures the AP that one day our current glut of comic-book movies will pass into history. "We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western," he says. "It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns ... [but] these cycles have a finite time in popular culture." So, what will come next? Spielberg doesn't know, but he's optimistic: "There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us."