Much like how Martin Scorsese called Marvel films theme park rides, Denis Villeneuve has come out and had his say about Marvel.
“Perhaps the problem is that we are in front of too many Marvel movies that are nothing more than a “cut and paste” of others. Perhaps these types of movies have turned us into zombies a bit … But big and expensive movies of great value there are many today. I don’t feel capable of being pessimistic at all.”
Villeneuve however did not say this as an attack against big budget tentpole films. He still believes there is “great value” in them. Villeneuve continued,
“Just think of the golden age of Hollywood to see that commercial films can make a different artistic proposal and, therefore, political. I have never felt like a loss or an impediment to have a generous budget to do what I wanted to do. Upside down. Who said that a movie on a big budget can’t be artistically relevant at the same time? I am currently thinking of people like Christopher Nolan or Alfonso Cuarón.”
“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.”