The Avengers

If you are, say, 33 years old, you’ve seen the Joker go from Jack Nicholson to Heath Ledger to, now, Jared Leto. You’ve seen Spiderman recast from Tobey Maguire to Andrew Garfield to Tom Holland. You’ve seen, like, 38 Batmen. And with the success of Ant-Man and the anticipation of Batman Vs. Superman, the seemingly bottomless well of comic book adaptations is far from satiating its continually growing audience. Where does it end?

Slate has developed a tool to answer exactly that. Simply enter in your age and your gender and watch as the calculator figures out how many more superhero adventures you can expect before you expire peacefully in your sleep surrounded by loved ones. As the site points out, more than 25 movies based on the characters of both Marvel and DC are expected to be released in the next five years, and a 33-year-old man can expect to see 280 more superhero films before he reaches his average life expectancy.


Slate’s calculator even breaks things down by individual franchises and how many actor changes you can anticipate, though the relatively small sample size of Avengers films makes the hypothesis of 30 more in the next 50 or so years seem a little high.