‘The Worst Movie Era’: Quentin Tarantino settles accounts with Marvel

Quentin Tarantino has made no secret of his dislike for Marvel films. In a podcast, the cult filmmaker now gave another reason for this.

Most recently, Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood’s former enfant terrible, harshly criticized the hit machine Marvel Studios: The 59-year-old filmmaker indirectly accused those involved of only viewing their films as a kind of commissioned work, i.e. films without heart and soul behind it. You have to be a temp worker to want to make movies like this — and he’s not a temp worker, Tarantino told me Los Angeles Times. He is not looking for a job.

Just as he denies the filmmakers of the sinfully expensive Marvel productions any kind of artistic ambition, he does not see any movie stars in the Marvel actors at all, as he does as a guest on the podcast “2 Bears, 1 Cave” revealed:

“Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is that there are all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they’re not movie stars, are they? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean I’m not the first to say that. I think this has been said a million times… but the thing is these franchise characters are becoming stars. I honestly don’t even put her down, but that’s one of the legacies of Hollywood’s Marvelization.”

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A very controversial point. What is clear is that many of the Marvel cast members were well-known, but not famous, at best prior to their entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It was only her Marvel roles that catapulted her into Hollywood’s A-League; as happened with Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord). Whether someone has the necessary qualifications to become a star can usually only be seen when they are able to carry films and make them hits, even away from the big film universes. But that’s where the dog lies buried:

“I used to collect Marvel comics like crazy as a kid. If these movies had been released when I was in my twenties I would have been damn happy and totally loved them. I mean it wouldn’t have been the only films produced. They would have been one among many films. But you know, I’m almost 60, so yeah. No, I’m not that keen on them… My only gripe about them is that they’re the only ones [Filme] seem to be made. And they’re the only thing that excites fans or even the studio that produces them. That’s what makes them happy. It’s just the fact that they completely represent this film era at the moment. There’s not really room for anything else. That’s my problem.”

You can stream Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed Once Upon a Time In Hollywood via Amazon

As a fan can probably guess, by film era Tarantino does not mean the films that are released via streaming services, but films that are shown in cinemas. Tarantino’s criticism primarily refers to the fact that Marvel films in particular are completely ousting other genres from the cinemas and, as a result, deny great up-and-coming filmmakers a breakthrough. And if a film outside of the comic subgenre does make it into (US) cinemas, like the current “She Said” (German theatrical release on December 8, 2022) by director Maria Schrader about uncovering the Harvey Weinstein scandal, then nobody goes in. The target audience is now used to just streaming.

Even the young Tarantino would probably have a hard time finding an audience for his author’s works today. No wonder, then, that the filmmaker in his own The Video Archives Podcast the current film era as one of the worst:

“Even though the 1980s was the time when I probably saw more movies than ever before – at least in terms of box office admissions – I think the cinema of the 80’s combined with the 50’s was the worst era in of Hollywood history. This is only surpassed by the current era!”

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