Sylvester Stallone Faces Backlash as The Expendables 4 Fails to Impress at Box Office

Examining Sylvester Stallone's Role and the Changing Landscape of Action Cinema


Sylvester Stallone, the legendary action star, has been an integral part of “The Expendables” franchise since its inception in 2010. However, the latest addition to the series, “The Expendables 4,” has encountered a significant setback at the global box office. With a lackluster performance and falling behind its cinematic counterparts, particularly “The Nun II,” the film managed to gross only $33.9 million in ticket sales. This has sparked a debate about Stallone’s role and influence on the fate of the Expendables series.

The Expendables 4: The Cast and the Movie

The Expendables 4 boasts an ensemble cast that includes stalwarts like Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture. Joining this star-studded lineup are new faces, including rapper 50 Cent, Megan Fox, and Tony Jaa. The movie serves as a follow-up to the 2014 release, “The Expendables 3.”

Stallone’s Reduced Presence

Sylvester Stallone Faces Backlash as The Expendables 4 Fails to Impress at Box Office

Despite being one of the most iconic action stars in the industry, Sylvester Stallone’s role in “The Expendables 4” has come under scrutiny. His limited screen time in the latest installment, despite being a longstanding face of the franchise, has left fans and critics wondering about his significance to the series.

A History of Conflict and Controversy

Sylvester Stallone’s history of reported clashes, ego issues, and on-set disputes with colleagues, particularly Arnold Schwarzenegger, has added to the skepticism surrounding his role in the series. Stallone once candidly revealed, “We really disliked each other immensely. We were… this may sound a little vain, but I think we were pioneering a kind of genre at that time and it hasn’t been seen since really.”

Internet Mockery and Criticism

On social media platforms, especially Reddit, users wasted no time in mocking Sylvester Stallone for “The Expendables 4” falling short of box office expectations. Commenting on his financial success, one user stated, “He makes millions on everything he is in, something says he’s not really concerned if it hurts the franchise or not lol.” Another user humorously added, “Yeah, the guy charges $900 for an autograph lol. He’s doing fine.”

Stallone’s Creed Success

Stallone's "Creed" Success

Despite the disappointment of “The Expendables 4,” Sylvester Stallone has found success in the “Creed” movies, showcasing his continued ability to excel in the action genre. Notably, some Reddit users praised the “Creed” series, highlighting its impressive fight scenes and montages.

The Changing Landscape of Action Cinema

The discussion on Reddit also touched upon the evolving landscape of action cinema. Users suggested that traditional action heroes may be on the decline as CGI-driven superhero and comic book films take center stage. The expectation for more than just explosions, bullets, and car crashes has set a new standard for the genre.

The Future of The Expendables Franchise

Despite the disappointment of The Expendables 4, the franchise has still managed to produce four movies. Some even humorously proposed that Stallone should consider reuniting with director Renny Harlin. The fate of “The Expendables” franchise remains uncertain, and Stallone’s role in its future endeavors continues to be a topic of debate among fans and critics alike.

Sylvester Stallone Legacy and Hollywood’s Evolution

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As Hollywood continues to evolve, it remains to be seen whether the iconic action hero, Sylvester Stallone, can adapt to changing tastes and expectations in the world of cinema. While The Expendables 4 may have fallen short, Stallone’s legacy as a Hollywood legend is undeniable, and his journey in the ever-evolving world of film is far from over.

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