The Marvel Cinematic Universe is back at the center of the controversy. A couple of years ago, several directors led by Martin Scorsese criticized the rise of superhero cinema. And even the famous New York filmmaker even hinted that it was a type of cinema that sabotaged the industry.
“They look more like an amusement park than a movie theater,” Scorsese said, referring to the franchise formula. He insisted that, in addition, “they take away the attention and the opportunities of the smaller films.” The legendary director’s statements prompted many other big names in cinema to express similar opinions on the matter.
Is now Denis Villeneuve who joins the various critical voices, after explaining in an interview that the films of the Marvel factory were “cut and paste”. Speaking to El Mundo, a Spanish newspaper, the director insisted that superhero movies “look too much like each other.” As if the above were not enough, he added that the “cut and paste” formula that he assigns to the productions has turned the public “into zombies.”
Responding to Denis Villeneuve’s criticism
But on this occasion, the criticism of one of the most successful genres of the last decade had an immediate response. The Doctor Strange writer and director Scott Derrickson spoke with respect to Denis Villeneuve’s statements. He has done so through his personal account on Twitter and with special emphasis on criticizing the diversity and originality of the films.
“Anyone who criticizes Marvel movies for considering that they are all the same a) hasn’t seen them all and therefore shouldn’t assume they’re all the same, or b) seen them all because, well, they actually quite like it. watch Marvel movies, “he said.
Scott Derrickson also appropriately retweeted his words from a year ago, when he responded to Scorsese’s criticism, also on Twitter: “As a director, I don’t make fun of other directors’ work, even when I don’t like something they’ve done. This job is quite difficult for everyone and no one sets out to make a bad movie ”.
Both opinions sum up a bigger idea. Marvel cinema is not only pure and simple entertainment. It is also an opportunity to experience with proposals of all kinds, which other similar genres do not usually offer. Even Denis Villeneuve himself had words of praise for Chloé Zhao, director of Eternals, the next Marvel premiere. In the same interview given to El Mundo, the director talked about how Zhao was a great addition to the team at the House of Ideas. And that he hopes that the director’s refined vision can give another “aesthetic twist” to the studio’s proposal.
Marvel and the old discussion about original cinema
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Of course, Scott Derrickson’s words are quite a statement of intent. The filmmaker parted ways with the direction of Doctor Strange 2: The Multiverse of Madness on amicable conditions. But he was inside the Marvel system long enough to understand the machinery behind his formula. And especially to understand that the studio’s cinema has evolved enough to be open to all kinds of proposals.
While the earliest films in the franchise were origin stories roughly akin to the hero’s way, the saga has matured throughout the decade. And much has been done more open to creation and especially the way you want to show your stories. With the addition of television material – which broadens and delves into secondary luxury – and an animated series, Marvel demonstrates its ambition. But also the way in which the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown much faster than might be supposed.
Is about a challenge, that of originality, which Marvel takes on the right foot. In fact, acclaimed writer and director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Suicide Squad) has joined the discussion. Gunn said months ago that filmmakers “must actively innovate and subvert expectations to prevent the superhero genre from getting boring.” Something that Marvel has taken more than seriously in its fourth phase.