Denis Villeneuve is one of the best directors today. With each new movie, which also involves more and more money, he shows that he knows how to use the budget perfectly without neglecting the quality of the script and prioritizing character development. It is this virtue that could make Dune – 80% one of the most successful films of recent times, while starting a new multi-million dollar franchise. Although his creativity could serve other sagas, the director has little interest in approaching them, so we will not see him soon taking command of any installment of Marvel.
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Marvel it will always be a brand that divides the public. No one can deny that the titles of this franchise are a great success with the audience and critics, nor can one ignore the fact that the millions of dollars they earn worldwide are key to ensuring their future. In the creative field, Marvel rescued and grew a genre that was considered an economic risk. Certainly comics have always been adapted to the cinema and there have always been fans who receive these works and hate them or become obsessed with them, but the arrival of Iron Man – The Iron Man – 93% and the promise of a shared universe that culminated in Avengers: Endgame – 95%, caused a major revolution within the industry.
Since then, many other production companies have tried to imitate this system because it produces very loyal fans who will flock to theaters with each new installment. And this is where the negative part of Marvel: excessive exploitation. Many interesting stories have been forgotten because companies prioritize franchises. Martin Scorsese, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Francis Ford Coppola, among many others, have spoken out against superhero movies, and the way they take over theaters, and now Denis Villeneuve joins their criticism.
In an interview with the French media Premiere (via The Playlist), the director assured that the superhero films are all the same, made in a mold that does not allow creative freedom:
The problem today … Well, if we talk about Marvel, the thing is that all these films come out of the same mold. Some filmmakers may add a bit of color, but they are all part of the same factory. It does not take anything away from the movies, but they are formatted.
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In another talk with El Mundo (via ESPINOF) Villeneuve continued with these comments about Marvel:
Perhaps the problem is that we are in front of too many Marvel films that are nothing more than a “cut and paste” of others. Perhaps these types of films have turned us a bit into zombies … But there are big and expensive movies of great value. many currently
Although the also director of Blade Runner 2049 – 88% consider that Marvel leaves little room for originality, at least it also recognizes that there are many other films that are waiting for their audiences. Defenders of Marvel They just highlight that superhero tapes are made for a specific audience, just like melodramatic or horror stories, so complaining hard doesn’t change anything: if you don’t like them, just don’t watch them and you save yourself the trouble.
Almost certainly, and despite his great ability to mix action and philosophy, we will not see the director in any production of Marvel, but it’s interesting to know that Chloé Zhao, Oscar winner for Nomadland – 100% inspired by the creator to make Eternals. In fact, the next installment of the UCM It is a great opportunity to renew the franchise and make room for much more ambitious and mature projects, which could attract more diverse and interesting creators.
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