Quentin Tarantino has ruled out ever doing a Marvel or DC movie. The “Pulp Fiction” director sat down with the Los Angeles Times and was asked why he’d never gone the superhero route. As it turns out, he’s not a big fan of the genre.
Comparing the popularity of superhero movies to that of musicals during the 1960s, Tarantino said it wasn’t the way he likes to work. “You have to be a hired hand to do those things,” he told the publication. “I’m not a hired hand. I’m not looking for a job.”
He went on to say that he and many of his fellow filmmakers are desperate for the day that these types of films wane in popularity so that other (and presumably better, in his eyes) movies can get made. It happened with musicals, eventually, and filmmakers “can’t wait for the day they can say that about superhero movies.”
“The analogy works because it’s a similar chokehold,” he explained. “The writing’s not quite on the wall yet, the way it was in 1969 when it was, ‘Oh, my God, we just put a bunch of money into things that nobody gives a damn about anymore.'”
Needless to say, Quentin Tarantino is not a fan of Marvel and never has been. Even in a 2020 interview with Deadline, he claimed that he was in a “war for movies” against the franchise.
“As far as I can see, the commercial product that is owned by the conglomerates, the projects everybody knows about and has in their DNA, whether it be the Marvel Comics, the Star Wars, Godzilla and James Bond, those films never had a better year than last year . It would have been the year that their world domination would have been complete. But it kind of wasn’t,” he explained.
“Because of what you said, a lot of original movie comment came out and demanded to be seen, and demanded to be seen at the theatres. That ended up becoming a really, really strong year. I’m really proud to be nominated with the other films that just got nominated. I think when you sum up the year, it’s cinema that doesn’t fall into that blockbuster IP proof status, made its last stand this year.”