The movie industry's ripple effect
This year 2014's top six comic and tie-in movies grossed more than $4.7 billion worldwide; the industry's influence has generated interest elsewhere, from retail sales to fan conventions.
For physical comic book sales, there has been an increase year-on-year in the U.S. alone. The country's top distributor of comic books, Diamond Comic Distributors, has had a continual sales increase since 2011, with the distributor's estimated revenue reaching $517.6 million in 2013, up by around 9 percent since 2012, according to Comichron.com.
While the movie tie-in has its legions of fans, this does not necessarily translate into more comic book readers.
"The movie tie-in comics get a small boost that doesn't last long", despite companies trying, says De Blieck.
However, one area that has shown growth is mobile. Digital comic sales however have trebled in the U.S., since 2011 with 2013 selling $90 million worth of digital comics, excluding subscription services, in the U.S. according to ICv2's analysis.
Two factors have helped the digital comics marketplace thrive: the tablet and the type of readers; as the generation who adopted this technology early are also "the same generation who were comic book readers during the last comic sales boom in the early 90s" says De Blieck. Like the Amazon Kindle with digital books, the "iPad is a perfect comics reading device", that makes buying "digital comics so easy", he added.
Will the comic film franchise hold its favored spots in 2015, with the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man hitting the screens? Or will installment films from other genres dominate, including the likes of Star Wars VII, Jurassic Park and Hunger Games Mockingjay Part II?
Will the comic book franchise continue to be successful? Bock seemed to think so, saying that in recent years "more than half of any given year's Top 10 films are comic book adaptations. Until that changes, studios will keep churning them out."