Argylle director Matthew Vaughn has given his two cents about the current state of superhero cinema and what Marvel should be doing differently.
Another day, another Marvel story. This time, director Matthew Vaughn has been chatting about the cinematic landscape and Marvel’s place in it.
“What really freaked me out was that I really enjoyed The Flash. I thought it was a really good film, right? And it died at the box office, right? And I’m like, Wait, hold on, this is a good movie. What happened?”, the Kingsman director mused.
“I think there’s been so many bad superhero movies as well that it’s like when the western got, you make so many that you get bored of the genre, not because the genre is bad, but because the films are bad.”
It’s hard to argue with that. Marvel has really been struggling the last few years and hasn’t been able to capture the specific magic that made Avengers: Endgame soar so high.
Vaughn went on to say that audiences might need a bit of time off from the genre to get excited again.
“Maybe someone will make something so great that we will get excited again and remind everybody that just having identical ways of making superheroes… Superhero films are films. It’s a film that has superheroes in it. I think what happened was that they became superheroes, and the film part wasn’t that important.”
Vaughn himself isn’t a stranger to superheroes, having helmed 2011’s X-Men: First Class as well as Kick-Ass in 2010. Vaughn also told Screen Rant he was a big fan of James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy films and especially the characters of Groot and Rocket and expressed hope for the state of the genre at the hands of Gunn and his DC co-CEO Peter Safran.
“I think [with] James Gunn and Saffron they’ve got a good chance of popping… Hopefully, Feige will go back to ‘less is more’ and make less films and concentrate on making them great,” Vaughn said. Once again, we have to agree.
Vaughn also teased his vision for a Star Wars reboot.
“I don’t control Star Wars, but I would do something big, brave, and with the great characters. I want to see Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewie doing their s–t. Not some distant cousin. Who cares? I need an event for Star Wars.”
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