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Friday, September 17, 2021 

Another film director takes issue with Marvel movies

ComicBook says the movie director Denis Villeneuve is the latest to follow other auteurs like Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam in putting forth a critical view of the Marvel cinematic films:
Dune director Denis Villeneuve said that Marvel movies are a "cut & paste of other films" in a recent interview with El Mundo. Now, he's not the first filmmaker to criticize what the House of Ideas is doing with their Cinematic Universe, and he won't be the last. Specifically, the director said, "There are too many Marvel movies that are nothing more than a cut and paste of others." Villeneuve has also been adamant about people seeing his films on the largest screen possible, rather than the day and date release model that other Warner Bros. pictures have had since the pandemic began. But, this time, he seems to be taking aim at the tone of some of the Marvel movies in a critique that wouldn't be out of place on Twitter or Reddit when it comes to how the "Marvel formula" is deployed. Some are probably going to agree with him and MCU fans are going to defend their favorite movies. Villeneuve definitely has a right to his opinion and feels conviction in the argument he lays out. But, the Internet will surely debate this entire question into the ground before the day is over.
That interview, unfortunately, requires paid registration to access the full text, so unfortunately, I can't get to the whole thing to see if I can translate it. But, as somebody who's long been convinced these movies came at the expense of their source material, that's why I have no qualms with Villeneuve dismissing them as ripoffs of other films that could be far better. Besides, as recent news has strongly indicated, the Marvel movies going forward are destined to serve more as political propaganda vehicles than as decent entertainment. And if they're only being made as ideological statements, that's why they're unlikely to make people think either. The Black Widow movie so far is one of the least successful, and due to the lawsuit filed by its star, there may not be any more, certainly not with Scarlet Johansson as the star. It's a shame that these comic-based movies have become an excuse for the mainstream to rely less on dramas that could make people think, and all this in an era where political correctness has become a sad staple of modern cinema.

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