By Stephen Ippolito | September 16th, 2021
Cue the fan outrage. During a recent interview with Elmundo to promote his new movie Dune, director Denis Villeneuve criticized Marvel films by saying that there are too many of them and that they are just a “cut and paste” of other movies.
“There are too many Marvel movies that are nothing more than a cut and paste of others.”
During a separate interview with Premiere, the filmmaker elaborated even further.
“The problem today… well, if we’re talking about Marvel, the thing is, all these films are made from the same mold. Some filmmakers can add a little color to it, but they’re all cast in the same factory. It doesn’t take anything away from the movies, but they are formatted.”
Of course, Villeneuve is not the first well-known filmmaker to criticize Marvel films. In 2019, legendary director Martin Scorsese blew up the internet when he said that Marvel movies were not “cinema.” Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron has also thrown some shade at them as well. Within the last year, however, Cameron has backpedaled on those comments.
Honestly, I personally don’t think Villeneuve’s comments are that big of a deal. It wasn’t personal. The only reason he probably said it was to draw attention to himself and his movie that’s being released next month. He’s basically doing what any producer/director/actor does when they have a film come out and promote it.
Also, I actually think what he said about “cut and paste” is accurate. Marvel Studios releases three, soon to be as many as five, films a year. So of course they’re not all going to be unique. That would be very difficult to do, and they probably wouldn’t do as well financially. As a studio they clearly follow a formula that copies from others films, but at the same time adds its own style that makes it different.
Anyway, always remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If you disagree with someone, don’t be a dick, be civil about it and try to have a constructive conversation. If by some reason you can’t do that, just don’t say anything.