Director Quentin Tarantino attends the photocall during the 16th Rome Film Festival 2021 on October 19, 2021 in Rome, Italy.
Jennifer Aniston made headlines earlier this month in her Seduce cover question when she said, “There are no more movie stars.” It’s a statement director Quentin Tarantino agrees with, echoing the sentiment in a recent interview on Monday (November 21). Tarantino attributed the loss of movie stars to the “wonder-ization of Hollywood”.
“Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is…you have all these actors who rose to fame playing these characters,” said the pulp Fiction said the manager. “But they are not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a million times… but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters who become a star. I’m not even bluntly denouncing them, to tell you the truth, but it’s one of the – the legacy of the Marvelization of Hollywood movies. Tarantino made it clear in the interview that he doesn’t “hate” Marvel movies, but he does love them because they’re the only product Hollywood seems interested in making these days.
“Listen, I used to collect Marvel comics like crazy when I was a kid,” Tarantino, 59, said. “If these movies came out when I was in my twenties, I would be totally happy and I would totally love them. I mean, they wouldn’t be the only movies being made. They would be these movies among other movies. But, you know, I’m almost 60, so, no, I’m not that excited about them.
“My only ax to grind against them is that they are the only things that seem to be done,” he added. “And those are the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement among a fan base or even for the studio that makes them. That’s what excites them. And so it’s just the fact that they’re the entire representation of this era of cinema right now. There’s really no room for anything else. That’s my problem.” Earlier this month, he told the Los Angeles Times that he will never direct a Marvel movie because “you have to be an employee to do these things. I am not a mercenary. I am not looking for a job.
Anthony Mackie, who plays The Falcon AKA Captain America replacement in the MCU says he’s not a movie star. “The Falcon is a movie star. And that’s what’s weird. It was Tom Cruise and Will Smith and [Sylvester] Stallone and [Arnold] Schwarzenegger. When you went to the movies you went to see the Stallone film. You went to see the Schwarzenegger film. Now you will see x-men. So the evolution of the superhero meant the death of the movie star, and it’s fear now. Because you are now making films for 16 year olds and China – and that’s it. You think some of your favorite movies growing up wouldn’t be made today.
In 2019, director Martin Scorses told the New York Times that “the similarity of today’s franchise images is something else entirely. Many elements that define cinema as I know it are present in Marvel images. What is not there is a revelation, a mystery or a real emotional danger. Nothing is in danger. Images are made to satisfy a specific set of demands, and they are designed as variations on a finite number of themes. They’re sequels in name but they’re remakes in spirit, and everything in them is officially sanctioned because it can’t be otherwise. That’s the nature of modern film franchises: studied in the marketplace, tested by audiences, vetted, tweaked, rechecked, and re-tweaked until they’re ready to be consumed. »
The Freedmen the director added in the editorial: “So, you might ask, what is my problem? Why not just let superhero movies and other franchise movies be? The reason is simple. In many places across the country and around the world, franchise movies are now your first choice if you want to see something on the big screen. It’s a perilous time in cinema, and there are fewer independent cinemas than ever. The equation has reversed and streaming has become the main delivery system. However, I do not know a single filmmaker who does not want to design films for the big screen, to be shown in front of the public in theaters.