More auteurs are siding with Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola in their stance on Marvel movies and more accurately the domination of superhero films at multiplexes at a cost to other genres and non-tentpole films.
Acclaimed British helmer Ken Loach, one of the only people to actually win the Palme d’Or multiple times at Cannes, isn’t a fan of the genre due to its crass commercialisation. Speaking on UK TV this week (via Variety), Loach said: “They [Marvel films] are made as commodities…like hamburgers. It’s about making a commodity which will make profit for a big corporation. They’re a cynical exercise. They’re a market exercise, and it has nothing to do with the art of cinema.”
Joining him is Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles who offered his take on things during a masterclass at the Mumbai Film Festival which was preceded by his new Netflix film “The Two Popes” starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce which scored raves out of the Fall film fest.
Meirelles was less hardline than Loach or the others: “I can’t disagree with Scorsese because I don’t watch [Marvel movies]….I watched a ‘Spider-Man’ eight years ago, and that was it. I’m not interested. It doesn’t mean it is bad. I don’t know if it’s Marvel, but I watched ‘Deadpool,’ the first one, and it was very good. Amazing action sequences. Then I tried to watch ‘Deadpool 2’ on a plane. I watched, like, half an hour and gave up.”
It’s widely expected more filmmakers will chime in with their thoughts in coming weeks.