Dune director Denis Villeneuve bashed the Marvel Cinematic Universe, claiming the popular movies are nothing more than “cut and paste” of other movies.
The Canadian filmmaker, who is best known for making big-budget blockbusters like “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049,” was asked about the MCU and whether he was pessimistic about the future of Hollywood blockbusters during an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
“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,” Villeneuve told the publication. “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.”
What a dumb thing to say. He insulted the people who make Marvel movies, but also the people who enjoy watching Marvel movies. Does he know three of the actors in Dune have also stared in Marvel movies?
Villeneuve wants to make a total of three Dune movies. Warner Bros. will not green light more Dune movies unless the first one is a financial success at the box office. That means Villeneuve needs a lot of people to go to the theater to see his movie if he hopes to continue his vision for the franchise.
I don’t see how insulting people who enjoy watching Marvel movies helps him achieve that. Villeneuve needs people who enjoy Marvel movies to go to the theater and watch Dune. Considering we’re still in a pandemic and Dune will appear on HBO Max the same day it premieres in U.S. theaters, Villeneuve has an uphill battle.
The odds are not in his favor.
For me, Dune will always be a book
I’m a huge fan of the book Dune and I’m not going to the theater to watch the movie. Not only do I not want to go to a movie theater during a deadly pandemic sitting among people who don’t believe in the value of vaccines, I think my wife will find the movie boring. As much as I love the book, I recognize the fact that it’s not for everyone. And that’s okay.
At least Villeneuve didn’t say anything critical of the Star Wars movies or the nerds who love to watch them. Then again, he’s got a whole month before Dune comes out. Perhaps he just hasn’t gotten around to bashing Star Wars.