Quentin Tarantino - 'I'll never make a Marvel movie'

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8 Nov 2022, 09:22

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Probably for the best, really.

Quentin Tarantino has said he will never make a Marvel movie.

Speaking with the Los Angeles Timesthe Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill director explained why he had no interest in making a dent on the superhero franchise.

“You have to be a hired hand to do those things," he said. "I’m not a hired hand. I’m not looking for a job.”

The Tennessee born filmmaker, known for his love of film history, went on to recall how pioneering New Hollywood auteurs rejoiced when the studio musical went into decline in the 1960s.

"Modern filmmakers", he said, “can’t wait for the day they can say that about superhero movies”.

He added: “The analogy works because it’s a similar chokehold.”

Tarantino also said he believes the genre isn't going anywhere soon.

He explained, “The writing’s not quite on the wall yet, the way it was in 1969 when it was, ‘Oh, my God, we just put a bunch of money into things that nobody gives a damn about anymore."

Tarantino previously said he was fighting “a war for movies” against the Marvel franchise in 2020.

“As far as I can see," he said, "the commercial product that is owned by the conglomerates, the projects everybody knows about and has in their DNA, whether it be the Marvel Comics, the Star Wars, Godzilla and James Bond, those films never had a better year than last year [2019]. It would have been the year that their world domination would have been complete. But it kind of wasn’t.”

He added, “Because of what you said, a lot of original movie comment came out and demanded to be seen, and demanded to be seen at the theatres. That ended up becoming a really, really strong year. I’m really proud to be nominated with the other films that just got nominated. I think when you sum up the year, it’s cinema that doesn’t fall into that blockbuster IP proof status, made its last stand this year.”

Hollywood royalty like Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Francis Ford Coppola have all criticised modern superhero films to varying degrees in the past.

Tarantino is currently on the promotional trail for his new book, Cinema Speculation.

Part-memoir, part-Hollywood history, part-film theory, the book is available to buy now.