Scorsese Coppola and the MCU

Recently, Martin Scorsese said that movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe were like “theme parks”. More precisly he said: “That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing; it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.” and add: “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”. Francis Ford Coppola then added that those movies were “despicable” also adding: “Because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again.”.

And all this really sounds like someone saying “it was better before” or “back in my time …” kind of a thing. This is always an interesting question to ask, but also and most of the time a sign that you have lost contact with the younger generation …. It is a bit like the classical musician telling you that rock is just garbage and noise (spoiler alert, you can still like both!).

First, do not get me wrong, they can both have their own opinion about the MCU. But what they are saying does not seem to match millions of people’s opinion, and that is the sad and bad part. When I hear that the MCU does not convey any emotional and psychological experience, I can say that it is not at all what I feel. I got emotional, I got attached to a character, sad if they disappear, happy to see their progress etc. The fact that the MCU is spread over 10 years is by itself an incredible cinematographic experience, merging characters from different movies, that’s what made the success of the MCU. A formula coming from the comic books, highly popular and definitely artistic. I also can’t see anyone trying to argue that Cinema can not use the work of literature to get better. As an example, Scorsese did not write The Irishman, he is director and producer of it, the story comes from a book, work of literature.

Another slightly annoying thing is that it mentions the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe but not a movie in particular. Scorsese even admits that he has not seen the movie(s?) but already made an opinion about it. I have not seen the movie Irishman, yes and my gut feeling is telling me that it will a similar experience than another gangster movie from the 80’s/’90s but I will wait to at least see the movie to make my conclusion about it. Some MCU are also not great, and others are good, it is hard to judge them all at once.

From Coppola’s statement, it seems that the problem is to see the same movie over and over, and that the MCU are not “smart” enough. That can be a fair point, but a great screenwriter,  got roughly a very good movie every 5 years (when was the last great movie from Coppola? and as mentioned Scorsese did not write The Irishman). Hundreds of movies need to be out every year! You can’t expect all of them to be intellectual. MCU movies are really entertaining which is one way of making a movie.

My guess is that they are seeing the MCU a bit like a growing fast-food in comparison to good gastronomy. But they are two different things and they will co-exist. Sometimes I want something and another time I want something else. However, both Scorsese and Coppola’s comments are saying that Cinema should be in a certain way and not in the other, and that is where I am afraid because it means that they are not interested in looking in any other form of “arts” and even less to learn from them.

I would be curious to know what they think about Star Wars? Jurassic Park? Harry Potter? Because they are all some of the most successful movies in the cinema. Are they also “despicable” and “not what Cinema is”? is most of the Cinema not what the Cinema is?

 

The Marvel phase 4

The Marvel Phase 4 has been exposed last weekend during the comic-con … or at least part of it.

It is actually a mix between movie, tv-show and animated series,

The first movie to be released will be the Black Widow (finally) with Scarlett Johansson. David Harbour (the Sheriff from Stranger Things) will also be there as the Russian Captain America.

The Falcon and Winter Soldier will get their own TV show on the Disney streaming platform

The Eternals, which we already mentioned in a previous article will be the next release, followed by Shang-Chi which we already discussed in the same article.

Following that, the Scarlet Witch will get her own show called Wanda Vision also on Disney streaming platform and apparently the show will be linked to the next Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness movie. Wanda will indeed be in that Dr Strange movie.

The next Tv show will be Loki, followed by “What if… ?” and Hawkeye. “What if …?” is actually a very interesting concept in the comic book, it actually asks questions such as “What if this superhero was part of this group” “What if Iron man was a bad guy?” etc. That is why this one will be an animated series. But that would have been awesome to see it as a TV show.

The last one is the new Thor Love and Thunder also discussed earlier.

Another announcement but not here is the new Blade movie with Mahershala Ali to play Blade. As a reminder, there was already a Blade trilogy with Wesley Snipes in the early 2000s.

A missing movie is also the Guardian of the Galaxy 3, which is announced and will arrive but apparently not in the Marvel phase 4.

 

Taika Waititi to direct Thor 4

A lot of interesting news in one! First, we have the confirmation of a Thor 4, so Chris Hemsworth is still part of the MCU and second, the director will be the same than for Thor: Ragnarok (Thor 3).

Now I am just curious to know if Thor will still be fat, or not any more or if we will see him losing his weight? There are also some serious question on if Thor will be in Guardian of the Galaxy 3. As a reminder, at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor is boarding the Guardian’s space ship. Not a lot of details yet on that Thor 4 and how it will also be linked to the rest of the Marvel Universe.

However, this is bad news for another movie, the film version of Akira, which should also be directed by Taika Waititi, but has been delayed for “development concerns”.  Akira is definitely a big project and as much as I hope that it will give a brilliant adaptation, I am really worried by everything that could go wrong.

Quick Review: Spider-Man far from home – No spoiler

Spider-Man far from home is the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It takes place just after the big Avenger Endgame, and according to the Russo brothers, it is the final chapter of the latest phase of the universe.

As for the plot of the movie, well, Spider-Man is going to travel to Europe with his classmate but some bad guys called Elementals are trying to destroy the world. So Spider-Man will need to team up with Mysterio, a strange and powerful man who knows about the Elementals.  In parallel to this, Spider-man will have to deal with the recent death of Tony Stark/Iron Man and find the way to tell the girl he loves what he feels about her.

My opinion about the movie is that it is .. entertaining.
It is a Marvel movie so the story is a giant plothole, I will not even discuss it because 5 minutes of science is enough to destroy the whole movie. But once you accept that it is a fiction and that there is any way a guy that acts as a Spider, you can spend some good couple of hours.

What disappoints me is that it tries to get plot twist but there isn’t really any, except maybe in the post-credit scene. Every time the movie is trying to surprise you with something you can see it coming. Either you will guess it or you will think that there is something fishy. A really good plot twist is when you do not see it coming.
I may also be biased by the fact that I know Mysterio’s story, but everyone who will google it or check it would quickly know too.

However, I also do appreciate what they did with Mysterio. They really work on having a back story for him and show us his personality, which is sometimes not done in superhero movies.

The special effects of the movie are also really good and the love story fit very well with the main plot.

And that is probably the strange thing with Spider-Man far from home, nothing is really wrong with it but you do not leave the movie thinking that you have just seen something great.

If you like Marvel and superhero movies I would recommend it to you, if not I would say that you could probably wait for a little and see it for free.

Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer (with Endgame spoiler)

A new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer just got released and it starts with some Endgame spoiler.

It also gives very interesting information: Spiderman will definitely team-up with Mysterio … and he is coming from another universe. Does that mean that Marvel Phase 4 will get some multiverse story?

Is that why the Russo brothers were saying that Spider-Man is the last phase 3 movie?
Enjoy the trailer!