Marvel movies “turned us into zombies”, says Dune director Denis Villeneuve

Dune director Denis Villeneuve is one of the greatest directors working today. The Canadian filmmaker has consistently released hit after hit, from 2015's Sicario to the phenomenal Blade Runner. With his success crafting beautiful and engaging blockbusters, Villeneuve has spoken out on the ever-present cinematic competitor: Marvel movies.

Denis Villeneuve on Marvel movies

Speaking to El Mundo, Denis Villeneuve revealed his thoughts on the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. While other Oscar-winning directors have criticised the movies for being “theme park rides”, Villeneuve was a tad more brutal.

In the interview, Villeneuve said that all Marvel movies are “cut and paste”. The Marvel formula is well-known by now as an inoffensive blockbuster template. However, the Dune director believes its “turned us into zombies”. He said:

“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.”

Just like Scorsese, Villeneuve explained that this isn't a terrible thing. Movies of any kind are still movies, and Marvel films have consistently proven to help cinema survive. Additionally, the MCU’s popularity is bringing people back to cinema seats. The director continued:

“Big and expensive movies [are] of great value; there are many today. I don’t feel capable of being pessimistic at all.”

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Scott Derrickson responds

After Villeneuve let his thoughts loose, many came out to criticise him. However, none were as important as the response from 2016’s Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson.

In response, Derrickson essentially “tapped the sign” at a previous tweet calling out directors who criticise the MCU. Derrickson previously tweeted that he doesn't “slag off” the work of other directors, even if that work socks. Afterwards, Derrickson let out a wave of new thoughts, saying:

“Anyone who lambastes Marvel movies as all being the same has either a) not seen them all and therefore shouldn’t assume they’re all the same, or b) seen them all because hey, they actually quite like watching Marvel movies.”

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