Paul Thomas Anderson defends superhero cinema: ‘Spider-Man will bring people back to theaters’

Paul Thomas Anderson has discussed the merits of superhero movies, believing that they are an important part of the cinema’s renaissance amid the pandemic.

The director, while promoting his latest film Licorice Pizza, was asked about the current cultural landscape within Hollywood, when the conversation turned to the influence of Marvel and DC.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Anderson said, “My heart is so happy to be able to say I’m the happiest ever to work in this field. I have my own litter box corner and I work with people I really admire, like MGM.”

“I’m so happy now. But that’s what I am. There’s no end to the kind of sky-high questions that always surround movies and what’s going to happen.”

He added, “It’s obviously made more complicated by the broadcasting and the type of superhero movies. Most things I don’t take seriously. There seems to be a bit of a concern about superhero movies. I love it.”

“It seems so common these days that we wonder if they messed up movies and all these kinds of things. I don’t feel that way. I mean, look, we’re all worried about people going back to movies, but do you know what he’s going to do? Back to theaters?” Spider-Man. So let’s be happy about that.”

Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott have criticized superhero films in recent years, the latter calling them “too boring.”

“The best movies are character driven, and then we’ll get to superheroes if you want, because I’m going to break them,” Scott told Deadline. “I’m going to crush it. It’s boring as nonsense.”

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He added, “His scripts are not good at all. I think I’ve made three great superhero movies. One of them will be Alien with Sigourney Weaver. One will be the damned Gladiator, and the other will be Harrison Ford.” [Blade Runner]”.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is the next big Marvel movie, which was highly praised in early reviews.

Directed by John Watts, the film celebrates the past and present of the Marvel hero, bringing back villains from the past such as Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, and Electro, while concluding a trilogy started by Spider-Man: Homecoming from 2017.

Spider-Man: No Way Home opens in UK theaters on December 15.

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