In a recent interview with Irish Times, legendary director John Landis (The Blues Brothers, American Werewolf in London), whilst praising the Wonder Woman movie, remarked – “I’m bored shitless with the Marvel Universe now”.
Has the backlash begun in earnest now? Recently, Mark Hamill echoed Landis’ sentiments by suggesting that superhero movies had reached the point of ‘over-saturation’ and needed ‘better stories’.
It’s certainly a valid observation. Landis went on to say – “All the superhero movies tend to be interchangeable, you always have these mass destruction of cities and huge computer-generated extravaganzas to the point where you could take a reel from any of the Marvel superhero movies and put it any of the others and nobody would notice.”
Perhaps that’s why an intimate story like Logan resonated so strongly with audiences and critics? Landis attributes this sense of personal scale being a reason for Wonder Woman‘s critical acclaim as well.
Perhaps the MCU needs to get away from the ‘end-of-the-world’ scenarios before they become parodies of themselves but there’s little luck with that with Thor: Ragnarok and The Avengers: Infinity War on the horizon.
Black Panther is squeezed in-between and though – based on the trailer – it does show evidence of being a smaller story in scale, there is that bit in the synopsis that goes – “the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.” Sigh.
Do you agree with the remarks from Landis and Hamill? Do superhero movies need to change tact to avoid going the way of the cowboy movies?
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