Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola — the man who got George Lucas his Hollywood start — just slammed the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kevin Feige, Disney, and more.
Often considered one of the most significant and influential figures in Hollywood history, director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now) has had enough with Marvel, DC, Dune (2021), and even James Bond.
In a recent interview with GQ, Coppola revealed:
“There used to be studio films. Now there are Marvel pictures. And what is a Marvel picture? A Marvel picture is one prototype movie that is made over and over and over and over and over again to look different. Even the talented people—you could take Dune, made by Denis Villeneuve, an extremely talented, gifted artist, and you could take No Time to Die…”
“I could go and pull the same sequence out of both of them [No Time To Die and Dune] and put them together. The same sequence where the cars all crash into each other. They all have that stuff in it.”
Francis Ford Coppola: "I could go and pull the same sequence out of both of them [No Time To Die and Dune] and put them together. The same sequence where the cars all crash into each other. They all have that stuff in it."https://t.co/tuWKZDRiB2 pic.twitter.com/gQBxW9u6Yl
— British GQ (@BritishGQ) February 17, 2022
There you have it, Francis Ford Coppola feels that these Marvel movies (or really any comic book movie), as well as big blockbusters such as Dune: Part One or No Time to Die (2021) — all Academy Award nominees — “have that [same] stuff in it.”
Ford joins other big-name filmmakers, such as Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Shutter Island, Taxi Driver), who “denounce” Marvel studios for their record-breaking, revolutionary Hollywood takeover, which many claim is killing the art of film-making.
Coppola has worked with Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Gary Oldman, and more. Not to mention, he gave Star Wars (1977) director George Lucas his big break upon founding Zoetrope Films, releasing Lucas’ first motion picture THX: 1138 (1971) and later American Graffiti (1973), the movie that later established the Star Wars franchise, Skywalker saga, and Star Wars universe every Marvel fan and Star Wars fan enjoys today.
In the end, the MEGALOPOLIS director — Coppola’s upcoming, $120 million self-funded “love story” picture — has the high ground when it comes to criticizing films, but it seems that he’s tired of Marvel movies, and those like it, all feeling the “same.”
Inadvertently, Lucas’ Star Wars story inspired the overarching, episodic, unending journey that the Marvel Universe is currently running through with their streaming series and hit movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).
So, fans have Francis Ford Coppola to thank for upcoming movies like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Loki season two, and more.
More about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens a portal to the multiverse. However, a threat emerges that may be too big for his team to handle.
Director Sam Raimi returns to the Marvel Universe with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; the Marvel movie promised to change the MCU forever.
Tom Holland’s Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate Bishop, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6, 2022!
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