Avengers: Age of Ultron and wars without end

Days before it opened, advance ticket sales for the new Avengers film promised one of the biggest opening weekends ever, making it obvious – in case you might have missed it – that we’re living in the age of the comic book movie.

Ever since the movies began, nearly every decade has been dominated by some genre of film. The ‘30s had gangster movies, the ‘40s had film noir and the ‘50s had melodrama. The ‘70s will be remembered for disaster films, the ‘80s for teen flicks and the ‘90s for romantic comedies.

As for the ‘60s – well, even over four decades later it’s hard to decide just what the hell the ‘60s were all about.