Denis Villeneuve Calls the MCU ‘Cut and Paste’ Movies

Denis Villeneuve Calls the MCU ‘Cut and Paste’ Movies
Denis Villeneuve will soon premiere his take on Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel, Dune, in the U.S. This is not only the most important film of his career, but arguably the biggest cinematic spectacle to arrive in a generation. Yet, in a now-familiar fate for would-be blockbusters, its designed awe-inspiring theatrical presentation will likely be stultified by a day-and-date streaming arrival on HBO Max. While this phenomenon has left the exhibitor industry in an existential malaise, a Marvel movie, Shang-Chi, recently bucked the downward trend by grossing an impressive $85 million in a traditionally tough four-day Labor Day weekend. However, Villeneuve is openly unimpressed by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On Dune’s inhospitable desert planet of Arrakis, shade would normally be welcome, but the shade Villeneuve has thrown on the industry powerhouse that is the MCU is anything but complimentary. While the celebrated French-Canadian director is known for enthralling
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