The MCU superhero films are no doubt popular, but they have their detractors. One of those is BAFTA and Academy Award nominee David Fincher (Se7en, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Netowrk, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl). While speaking about his new Netflix series Mindhunter in a conversation posted by Yellow King Film Boy, Fincher talks about what he feels are limitations in the MCU approach.
“Look, there’s a very large talent pool of people who are–don’t feel there’s much for them in terms of sustenance working for Marvel.” He suggests Marvel should use a more Netflix-style approach, (using his new show as an example) to make their super heroes more fun. He says, “I think that if we can make a playground for them that is thoughtful, adult, interesting, complex, challenging stories and figure out ways to pull them into it, there’s a chance at something that isn’t lassoed and hogtied by three acts.”
Commenting on movies in general, he adds, “There’s no time for character in movies. Not now. Look at All The President’s Men — everything is character. Now, movies are about saving the world from destruction. There aren’t a lot of scenes in movies, even the ones I get to make, where anyone gets to muse about the why. It’s mostly the ticking clock
Fincher discusses his frustration in working for modern Hollywood, “If you want to make studio movies, you stay in their lanes, which are romantic comedy, affliction Oscar bait, spandex summer, superhero tentpole, moderately budgeted sequel.”
Many people feel that Fincher is right that there’s a problem with Marvel films, and with Hollywood in general. However, it can’t be denied that Marvel/Disney is doing well financially, and Thor: Ragnarok will probably be another hit for them, so maybe they should stay the course. Which is the best way for the future of Hollywood?