There seems to be no limit to the number of spinoffs that can be generated from the world of Marvel Comics superheroes. The flood of successful movies, TV shows, videogames and toys derived from the venerable Spider-Man and X-Men franchises shows no signs of subsiding any time soon. But that doesn’t even factor in what’s known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes three smash Iron Man films, two Thors, two Captain Americas, The Incredible Hulk and, the Big Kahuna of them all, 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers—featuring all four of those titans—which has racked up worldwide sales of more than $1.5 billion alone. These are heady days indeed for Marvel Entertainment and its corporate parent since 2009, The Walt Disney Company.
Has the live singing in the hit film adaptation of Les Miserables changed the game for everyone else making an on-screen musical? Is the era of lip-synching to pre-recorded tracks over forever? Probably not. But for the greatly anticipated film of the Broadway (and touring) smash Jersey Boys, director Clint Eastwood and his sound and music teams have upped the ante even more: In addition to having mainly live vocals throughout, most of the music we hear was also performed live at the same time.