Denis Villeneuve’s name is everywhere thanks to his promotion of Dune – 80%, a new adaptation of the novel that will soon reach commercial theaters and which he hopes to become a great worldwide success. But also, the director drew attention in recent days due to certain negative comments he made about the films of Marvel, which he blamed for turning the audience into zombies and for being very repetitive and unoriginal. Fans of these films, including directors who have worked with the brand, championed these projects as has become customary.
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It is not at all new that a director criticizes MarvelAfter all, the company’s products always cause some controversy, whether it’s because of the millions they make in profit, because of the way they hog theaters, or because some believe they undermine the creativity of screenwriters and filmmakers. There will always be two opposing sides in this fight, and what is confirmed over and over again is that superhero movies will not disappear until the public gets tired of them, and that is a long way from happening.
Much is said that there is a very specific prejudice against this type of project, as there are other great action or horror titles that are not criticized in the same way. Furthermore, comic book adaptations seek to meet a specific audience, so there is nothing wrong with not everyone liking them. But beyond this we can find respect for the work of others. Several directors managed to gain momentum thanks to their union with Marvel, like James Gunn or the Russo brothers. The franchise is looking for little-known, but very promising names like Nia DaCosta, who just released Candyman – 82%, and Chloé Zhao who was hired before sweeping awards season with Nomadland – 100%.
The funny thing here is that the very vision of Chloé zhao covers both positions and reconciles them without problems. Despite her short career, the director is known for her empathy, her particular way of delving into emotions, for knowing how to perfectly explore the most vulnerable side of the human being … and for being a fan of comics. In the beginning, Marvel wanted to ally with Zhao for the sequel to Captain Marvel – 60%, but she herself decided to propose the Eternals project and to convince the executives she relied on the vision of the work of Denis Villeneuve; more specifically, in Blade Runner 2049 – 88% and Sicario: No Man’s Land – 94%.
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This strange connection could make the director of Enemy – 75% reconsider their stance on comic book movies. Both creators met for a talk by Harper’s BAZAAR and Villeneuve could not help but speak well of Zhao and flatter the decision of Marvel to hire her:
I’m your biggest fan. I think it was a genius that Marvel looked for you because you are the opposite aesthetically. When I saw The Rider for the first time, I was so impressed. I wrote you a note, an artistic love letter. What touched me was your incredible ability to bring you closer to life. Life is very afraid of the camera. When I saw The Rider I cried because I thought, “He did it! She was able to enter that area that I thought was not possible. ” I wonder how you can bring a Marvel movie to life.
Villeneuve makes his admiration for the director clear, but he also admits to being intrigued, perhaps even doubtful, about how Zhao’s skills and virtues translate into a film by Marvel. We are not talking, of course, only about the visual part, but about the story itself and the depth of the protagonists. In fact, the director considers that there is a very specific order in her work, but Zhao admits that she feels that it is the opposite and that all the chaos of the filming finds an order in the editing room.
In addition to mutual admiration, both recognize in the other the importance of the director’s work and the experience of enjoying a movie on the big screen. Although Villeneuve feels far removed from the tapes of Marvel, the truth is that the story of Dune it is quite close to this style, and if there is something the director knows how to do very well, it is to balance the wonders of a blockbuster with an intimate and precise script. For its part, the first advance of Eternals shows that the new phase of Marvel She hopes to change the course of her deliveries forever, and not only because of the multiverses or magic, but because she needs to enter a state of maturity to evolve, and Zhao is perfect to take that step.
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