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Kevin Feige Responds to Criticisms That THOR/Marvel Movies Are “All The Same”

Kevin Feige Responds to Criticisms That THOR/Marvel Movies Are “All The Same”

As the next chapter in the now 18-movie long Marvel saga prepares to drop with Thor: Ragnarok next week, producer Kevin Feige has been answering some questions about the present and future of the franchise.

Regardless of your affinity for those particular films over other genres, you’d be remiss not to admit that what Feige has done as producer and mastermind of these projects for over a decade and to billions of dollars in revenue is simply impressive. If the Producers’ Guild of America handed awards for best producers as opposed to a Best Picture Oscar in disguise, could anyone top him?

But Feige and his movies of course are also under the watchful eyes of fans and critics, some of which will perhaps fairly point out that a lot of the projects are repeat versions of each other. Here’s what Feige had to say about that in a recent interview with Uproxx:

“I mean, I think it’s just the way we make the movies. I think all the movies are relatively different. I think there’s a narrative that people like to write about because they’re all produced by the same team and they all inhabit the same fictional cinematic universe. That we look for common similarities. And I’m not saying there aren’t common similarities throughout it, but I think Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming are two totally different types of movies. They’re both fun. People both enjoy them. Is that a similarity? If so, I’ll take it. If that’s a criticism, I’ll take that, too. But really, yeah, Homecoming, Ragnarok, Panther, into Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp after that. And a ’90s-set Captain Marvel after that; these are six very different movies. If what they have in common is they’re all really enjoyable and fun to watch, then I’ll take it.”

As you can tell from my review, I think the comparisons to Homecoming are spot on, and of course Feige knows it too. Here’s more:

“The truth of the matter is I think they’re all unusual and I think they all seem to be funnier than people expect. People said the same thing to me about Guardians, people said the same thing to me three months ago about Spider-Man: Homecoming. But, certainly, this is the one that we followed our instincts into comedy unabashedly. And while I still think it has action that is as epic as anything we’ve done before – and showcases Thor’s superpowers in a bigger way than we’ve ever seen him showcase them – that’s certainly what Hemsworth and Ruffalo and Tessa and Goldblum and Cate brought to the party under the guidance of Taika, and what Taika himself brought to it in his mo-cap performance of Korg, is a sense of fun that, yes, it’s perhaps unrivaled in any of our fun movies.”

What say you fans ? Are you happy with the comedic turn the Marvel Universe is taking?

About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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