Set Up A Sequel
The Cliché: An origins movie is there to set up a franchise, so keep the ending open.
Appears In: Batman Begins, Iron Man.
How To Make It Real: You've got the origins story out the way. Everybody involved had a great time creating it, and you think you've got something very special on your hands. This is when thinking in the long term comes in handy. In other words: always plan on a franchise.
Your hero may have defeated the villain (for now), but there are plenty more bad guys out there just waiting to take a pop at him. So make sure you end your film on a note of ponderous foreboding: as one door closes, a whole load of windows are flung the hell open.
The choice of cliffhanger, naturally, is up to you. It could end with a telling kiss, or a hint at another baddie on the rise... Either way, do yourself a favour by leaving a few threads dangling. You'll be thankful for them when your superhero movie is a massive success...
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