Just as the debate over Marvel being cinema was being laid down to rest with the arrival of the holiday season, iconic director Terry Gilliam (“Monty Python,” “12 Monkeys”) stepped up with the fury of a thousand Scorseses to resurrect it once more.
Speaking with IndieWire about his latest movie “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” Gilliam denounced the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for hogging the whole show, saving his worst criticism for “Black Panther,” denouncing it as “utter bulls***.”
“I don’t like the fact they’re dominating the place so much,” said Gilliam. “They’re taking all the money that should be available for a greater variety of films. Technically, they’re brilliant. I can’t fault them because the technical skills involved in making them are incredible.”
Echoing Martin Scorsese’s gripe with the MCU, Gilliam argued that superhero movies have essentially removed gravity out of the human condition by featuring characters that can do anything and everything all at once.
“If you are that powerful, you should be dealing with reality a bit more,” said Gilliam. “What I don’t like is that we all have to be superheroes 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.”
“Where’s the gravity, where’s real gravity? Because [in superhero movies,] everything is possible,” Gilliam continued. “It’s the limitations that make life interesting. Okay, so your suit burns up. So you get another suit because you’re Tony Stark. It’s not enough. They dominate so much.”
(via Daily Wire)