Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 has not yet started filming but its director, Gunn, has already condemned the entire genre. The Marvel alum recently spoke out about the state of cinema and compared the likes of comic book films to other dead genres from the past. He said: “We know about the way cowboy films went, and the way war films went.”
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Gunn went on: “I don’t know, I think you don’t have to be a genius to put two and two together and see that there’s a cycle to those sorts of films, you know and that the only hope for the future of the comic book and superhero films is to change them up.”
He added: “They’re really dumb. And they’re mostly boring for me right now.” (Via The Irish Times)
The visionary made a name for himself with the MCU’s first foray into the intergalactic, Guardians of the Galaxy. He has since delved into films such as Brightburn and Coyote vs Acme.
He continued: “I loved [comic book movies] at the beginning. I was really excited when they first started making those movies.”
Gunn said: “It was about the visual effects when I saw Superman as a kid. I still love that movie. Okay, I know, that’s a guy on wires and blue screen with this sort of crappy visual effects. And then when Iron Man came out, I was in.
“You’re able to make a guy fly around who looks like a guy flying around. And that was a beautiful thing to be able to do.”
He added: “But if the movies don’t change, it’s gonna get really, really boring.”
Between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Vol 3 Gunn was removed from employment by Marvel because of some tweets he sent a decade ago.
Before eventually being hired back by the House of Mouse, he took on the directorial position of the Suicide Squad reboot movie.
Speaking about his own influences, he explained: “I was always influenced by Dave Gibbons art and Alan Moore’s Watchmen where the costumes didn’t fit the superheroes perfectly, and they had a little bit of a paunch.
“They weren’t all perfect bodies; they weren’t all beautiful. When they fought, they were kind of getting in the stupid Bartleby thing of getting into bar fights. There are people trying to do some different things with superheroes.”
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Gunn said: “So, it’s not 100 percent a rule that everybody isn’t, but a lot of superhero films are boring. And so for me, I think it’s just about bringing in other elements.”
The Suicide Squad director is not the only person criticising Marvel’s movies of late.
Earlier this month former Blade star Stephen Dorff said: “I still hunt out the good s**t because I don’t want to be in Black Widow.
“It looks like garbage to me.” (Via The Independent)
Dorff went on: “It looks like a bad video game. I’m embarrassed for those people. I’m embarrassed for Scarlett!
“I’m sure she got paid five, seven million bucks, but I’m embarrassed for her.
“I don’t want to be in those movies. I really don’t.”
Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and the rest of the Marvel films are available on Disney Plus now.