Dune director Denis Villeneuve takes aim at MCU

Villeneuve called out the Marvel movies for being made from the same mold in a recent interview, drawing ire from the fans.

Denis Villeneuve has joined Scorsese in openly slamming the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, just as his sci-fi epic Dune adaptation is about to hit theaters following rave reviews from festivals and screenings. The comments, which originate from a recent interview, have drawn ire from Marvel fans and support from others with similar takes.

Aside of the overwhelmingly positive reactions from critics to Dune, Villeneuve started making headlines after his interview with French outlet Premiere. While the focus was his new space opera, other topics came up as well, including the filmmaker's position on the MCU. After Scorsese's comments gave the media basically a week of free headlines, it seems like everyone is keen on pulling hot takes out of filmmakers.

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The problem today... Well, if we’re talking about Marvel, the thing is, all these films are made from the same mold. Some filmmakers can add a little color to it, but they’re all cast in the same factory. It doesn’t take anything away from the movies, but they are formatted.

Villeneuve's 'roast' is a great deal more tame than what Scorsese said about the MCU films - he outright says that this format 'doesn't take anything away from the movies'. Honestly, we've got to agree with the sentiment too; there is a lot of repetition, in terms of themes, plot elements and techniques used in MCU movies. Some of that is an inherent quality of a connected cinematic universe, but often there really is some cut and paste going on.

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Despite these comments being diplomatic, not presented negatively and - we're going to say it - true, Marvel fans have taken aim at Villeneuve for them. Many unhappy MCU fans have posted comments of varying degrees of civility condemning the director's statements.

Dune will only adapt the first half of Herbert's book.

The backlash spilled over into review bombing. While Dune hasn't opened publicly across most of the world, and so far only limited screenings took place, Marvel fans have taken to review sites to slam the adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal novel. Dune will only hit theatres and HBO Max on the 22nd of October.

Angry Marvel fans aside, the overwhelmingly glowing response to early Dune screenings paint a bright future for the movie at the box office. With pandemic lockdowns lifting gradually worldwide, moviegoers are hungry for a major picture to welcome them back to cinemas and Dune is perfect for that role. With projected success, it seems like a solid bet that we'll get the second movie from Villeneuve - Dune only has space enough to adapt half of the book.

Meanwhile, some mildly critical comments from a filmmaker aren't the only reason the MCU and its fanbase are caught up in controversy - following the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, star Simon Liu is in hot water over various posts he made in the past pertaining to sexism, racism and pedophilia. This follows comments made by the star which disappointed the Chinese authority responsible for approving foreign media, axing the movie's release in the country.

Aron Gerencser
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