‘Gone Girl’ Director David Fincher Criticizes Marvel Studios’ Storytelling & Praises Netflix

Written By: Mathew ‘JJ’ Simoes

David Fincher is one of the best directors working today. With films like Gone Girl, Se7en, and The Social Network, Fincher has made quite the mark in Hollywood and now, he’s taking a swipe at one of the biggest and onmost successful company’s of the last decade.

In an interview with Yellow King Film Boy, Fincher was promoting his new Netflix series, Mindhunter, and was asked about the current state of Hollywood and how Netflix is changing the game:

“Look, there’s a very large talent pool of people who are- don’t feel there’s much for them in terms of sustenance working for Marvel, And I think that if we can make a playground for them that is thoughtful, adult, interesting, complex, challenging stories and figure out ways to pull them into it, there’s a chance at something that isn’t lassoed and hogtied by three acts. And there’s something else that doesn’t have to be 22-minute half hour or have a cliffhanger. I think it is an exciting time.”

In Fincher’s eyes, Netflix has made groundbreaking strides in changing the way stories are told while a studio like Marvel has created films that aren’t very complex.

While he isn’t wrong in saying that most Marvel films are formulaic, it should also be said that Marvel’s storytelling has been completely successful thus far. 16 films and $12 billion+ at the global box office, it’s easy to see why Marvel would be weary of changing their current formula. However, when you look at films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, it would seem that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios are finally shifting towards a more director driven environment and, from the response to those films, we can expect Marvel to mark this down as yet another win.

Do you agree with David Fincher’s comments? Let us know in the comment section down below. 

Mindhunter is currently streaming on Netflix and Thor: Ragnarok flies into theatres on November 3, 2017. 


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