The war between older directors and the Marvel Cinematic Universe rages on, with Brazil and Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam adding his name to the ever-growing list of filmmakers who have absolutely no chill when it comes to comic book movies.
Clearly no one is taking a break for the festive season when it comes to debating the merits of Marvel, as Terry Gilliam joins the likes of Scorsese and Coppola by stating his dislike for the billion dollar franchise, suggesting that Marvel does a poor job of accurately depicting the human condition.
"If you are that powerful, you should be dealing with reality a bit more. What I don't like is that we all have to be superheroes to do anything worthwhile. That's what makes me crazy. That's what these movies are saying to young people. And to me it's not confronting the reality of, you know, the quote-unquote human condition. You know what it is like to be a normal human being in difficult situations and resolving them surviving. I can't fault them for the sheer spectacle, except it's repetitive. You still have to blow up another city."
At least he appreciates the spectacle. Apart from that it does not sound like Gilliam has much love for the MCU at all, believing that they do not confront the reality of ordinary folk nearly enough. This ties in with Martin Scorsese's anti-Marvel rant. Though his comments on the franchise in general are quite restrained, his language becomes rather more vicious when discussing one Marvel film in particular.
"I hated Black Panther. It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bullshit. It's utter bullshit."
So, maybe don't buy Gilliam Black Panther on Blu Ray this Christmas. He does not stop there though, doubling down on his hatred of the movie, calling out the media for making the movie's importance such a talking point.
"I think the people who made it have never been to Africa. They went and got some stylist for some African pattern fabrics and things. But I just I hated that movie, partly because the media were going on about the importance of bullshit."
Ouch. Despite Gilliam's utter loathing of the movie, Black Panther raked in a whopping $1.3 billion worldwide, stands as one of Marvel's most critically-acclaimed movies with a very fresh 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and was even nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. In light of such success a sequel is scheduled for release in 2022, but no doubt Gilliam will be giving this one a hard pass.
Sadly for Gilliam Marvel Studios is going from strength to strength with multiple upcoming projects on the horizon alongside the Black Panther sequel, including Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, What If...? in Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021. Marvel Studios Disney+ series without release dates include Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk. Surely Gilliam will enjoy something. This comes from Indie Wire.