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“I’m almost 60. I’m not quite as excited about them”: Quentin Tarantino Goes to War Against MCU, Claims ‘Marvelization’ of Hollywood is Killing Real Cinema

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After multiple filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino has questioned whether Marvel movies should be considered real cinema. The cinematic universe under Marvel Studios includes 30 movies. All of the films under the MCU have performed very well at the box office and most of them have also garnered positive reviews. Some of these movies have even made it to the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time, with Avengers: Endgame being at the second spot. However, many legendary filmmakers have still criticized these films and the studio. 

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is the new addition to the long list of directors who have criticized Marvel films. Earlier this month the director shared his thoughts on superhero films and why he would never work on a Marvel film. In his recent interview with Variety, the American filmmaker clarified that he does hate Marvel movies, but he is not just as excited about them anymore.

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Quentin Tarantino Would Never Work on a Marvel Movie

Earlier this month, director Quentin Tarantino shared his thoughts on Marvel movies on the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast. The director said that he would never work on Marvel films.

While promoting his new book Cinema Speculations Tarantino shared with the Los Angeles Times that directors under Marvel Studios are just hired hands, and he does not prefer to have such a role while working on a film.

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Quentin Tarantino at Comic-Con

You have to be a hired hand to do those things. I’m not a hired hand. I’m not looking for a job,” Tarantino said. The Pulp Fiction director also said that he does not want to be a part of these movies because these are not his type of films.

The filmmaker said that he is more of a “Close Encounters guy.” Quentin Tarantino said only a few films had the kind of complex that the 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind had and it blew audiences away. 

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Why Quentin Tarantino Dislikes Marvel Movies?

Quentin Tarantino’s statement about directors being just hired hands for the Marvel Studio did not go well with fans. While talking to Variety, the director clarified that he does not hate Marvel movies. The Kill Bill director shared that he just dislikes them for being the only thing Hollywood is trying to make these days.

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino

“Look, I used to collect Marvel comics like crazy when I was a kid,” Tarantino shared. He further said that he would “totally be fu*king happy and totally love them,” if he would have been in his twenties. “But, you know, I’m almost 60, so yeah. No, I’m not quite as excited about them,” he added.

He also mentioned that the only thing he does not like is that everyone is focused on making and watching only these types of movies. Tarantino said that these movies have taken over the current era of movies, and there is not really much room for anything else.

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The Death Proof star also mentioned that the actors working in the MCU cannot be considered movie stars. “Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is…you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” Tarantino said.

The American filmmaker claimed that it’s these franchise characters that become a star, not actors. He said that it is one of the legacies of the Marvelization of Hollywood. Tarantino claimed that people know these characters and they come to watch them not the actors who portray them.

Quentin Tarantino has shared his opinion and he is neither the first nor the last filmmaker to criticize Marvel Studios’ practice. Some of the iconic filmmakers of Hollywood including Martin Scorsese, Jodie Foster, and Ridley Scott have criticized Marvel films.

However, Marvel Studios does not seem to be affected by any of this. It has already announced its plans til 2026 and is already preparing for the release of its next film.

The next film under the MCU, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to release on February 17, 2023.

Source: Variety

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.