In the last two decades, but especially in the last ten years, superhero cinema has enjoyed great popularity, especially thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which with characters like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America managed to conquer the heart of millions of children and adults. With the rise of the franchise, it is logical that detractors also appear among celebrities, and some of the most prominent are Alejandro González Iñárritu, Martin Scorsese, and the last to join the list, Denis Villeneuve.
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Iñárritu called superhero cinema a “cultural genocide”, Scorsese said that for him Marvel was not a cinema but an amusement park, and Villeneuve recently said that many Marvel films are only copy-paste (copy and paste) of other films . Are these filmmakers right? Scorsese clarified that he did not underestimate the work done in these works, but that more space should be given to other types of productions, since in Hollywood independent and auteur cinema was being relegated, displaced from theaters. In the end, that seems to be the real problem, and a famous film critic believes that the complaints against the Marvel Cinematic Universe must stop.
Scott Mendelson, a writer of reviews and articles at Forbes and a box office analyst, used his Twitter to make a defense of what Marvel Studios did when it was revealed that Villeneuve had criticized the lack of originality of those tapes. According to Mendelson, blockbusters used to be mostly junk, and as an example he mentioned Battleship – 34% and The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – 36%. The MCU became the franchise that the best blockbusters gave us, so the public began to become a fan of their productions, at the same time that they lost interest in going en masse to theaters to see independent or author’s films:
It’s a shame that the MCU has come to represent the root of all evil in the film industry, because they’re actually, by and large, better than most of what we once thought of as ‘action fantasy blockbusters’ that came before. and then. Watch BATTLESHIP and PRINCE OF PERSIA to see why Marvel ‘won’ the successful arms race. The ‘problem’ is that the rise of the MCU correlated with audiences looking for far fewer non-blockbuster movies at multiplexes. Marvel became the best at the one thing (most) of the audience wanted in theaters.
Watch BATTLESHIP & PRINCE OF PERSIA to see why Marvel “won” the blockbuster arms race. The “problem” is that MCU’s rise correlated w / audiences seeking out far fewer non-tentpole movies in multiplexes. Marvel became the best at the only thing (most) audiences wanted in theaters.
– Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) September 16, 2021
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At least we can be sure that most of the critics agree with Mendelson. Almost all of the MCU’s feature films have the approval of the specialized critics, and most of them were blockbusters, which shows that the public is also satisfied with the work they have done so far.
Within the superhero subgenre, Marvel also leads in terms of popular approval, as they have been able to balance action, drama and comedy and therefore their stories tend, at the very least, to entertain the whole family and make them smile. It’s a different case with the early DC Extended Universe installments, which were dark and very serious, and divided the opinions of fans and critics.
Criticisms of the MCU likely won’t stop anytime soon, but at least one movie critic like Scott mendelson it will make many realize that the problem is not the films of a company, but a change in the interests of the public. With the arrival of streaming platforms like Netflix and all those that followed (Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV +, Disney Plus, HBO Max, etc.), a large number of people prefer to only pay for a movie ticket when it guarantees that they will see an impressive visual spectacle, and the most contained stories are seen in the tranquility of home,
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