Not satisfied with the scandal that Martin Scorsese caused in 2019 when he said that Marvel films are not cinema, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve said in an interview with El Mundo that Marvel films are often unoriginal and are only made by copying parts from other movies. His comment is not a total disqualification of what Marvel Studios did, nor was what Scorsese said in 2019, but social networks were on fire and even some celebrities responded to the director.
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The first of these was Neill Blomkamp, a South African filmmaker who rose to fame with his debut, Sector 9 – 90%, and that after failing with Elysium – 67% and Chappie – 33%, he opened his own company with which he has produced science fiction short films. Blomkamp was not moderate in his response and was limited to an insult, through Twitter these were the words that he dedicated to Villeneuve “What a fucking asshole”, which could be translated in many ways, but more or less what he wanted to say was “ how completely stupid ”:
What a fucking asshole https://t.co/vXH13aIAA1
– Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) September 16, 2021
Scott Derrickson, director of horror films such as The Exorcism of Emily Rose – 45% and Sinister – 63%, unlike Blomkamp, was already part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when directing Doctor Strange: Supreme Sorcerer – 89%, and retweeted a text they published in December 2020, where they said:
As a director, I don’t criticize the work of other directors, even when I don’t like something they have done. This job is quite difficult for everyone and no one sets out to make a bad movie.
As a director I don’t slag on the work of other directors even when I don’t like something they’ve made. This job is hard enough for all of us, and nobody ever sets out to make a bad movie.
– NOS ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) December 26, 2020
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According to Marvel Updates, this was not Derrickson’s first post on the subject; a couple of hours before he posted this, but deleted it, perhaps realizing that Villeneuve said “there are too many Marvel movies that are just a short and paste of others”, but did not say that all:
Anyone who criticizes Marvel movies by saying they are all the same, or a) hasn’t seen them all and therefore shouldn’t assume they’re all the same, or b) has seen them all because, well, they actually quite like to watch. Marvel movies.
Doctor Strange Filmmaker, Scott Derrickson responds to comments made about #Marvel films: “Anyone who lambastes Marvel movies as all the same has either a) not seen them all and therefore should not assume they’re all the same.” pic.twitter.com/wvvpd7ir8n
– Marvel Updates (@MarvlUpdates) September 17, 2021
It seems things are getting out of hand like when Scorsese talked about Marvel. No matter how many clarifications he made about his comments, to date we have celebrities being questioned in interviews about the filmmaker’s “hatred” towards Marvel, and people do not stop commenting on it. Other directors who have been critical of superhero cinema are Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Fincher and Luc Besson.
Villeneuve, on the other hand, does not need to criticize Marvel cinema to “attract attention”, since in his career he has works recognized by critics and the public as Sicario: Tierra de Nadie – 94%, Arrival – 94% and Blade Runner 2049 – 88%. The director is currently promoting Dune – 80%, an adaptation of the science fiction classic written by Frank Herbert, which has been well received by critics since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
In a recent interview with Variety, Villeneuve assured that Dune is more relevant today than when the book was released in 1965, because in our day we have witnessed the consequences of extreme capitalism:
I think it is more relevant [ahora] […] than when you were reading the novel in the early 60’s. Sadly the book is more relevant today than it used to be when it was written. The exploitation of natural resources that is done because of extreme capitalism … You can see that the forces that will oppose it will be sacred and linked to religion, and that is such a dangerous and volatile mix, and it is something that the movie is exploring.
Dune It arrives in Mexico this October 21, and in the United States it will be available on HBO Max and in theaters starting October 22. Whether a sequel occurs will depend on its success on the streaming platform.
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