The recent sad news of director Scott Derrickson leaving Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness due to "creative differences" brings me back to the same loss of Edgar Wright on Ant-Man - and for the same exact reasons. While Marvel Studios continues to build a strong coherent roster of blockbusters with their expansive cinematic universe, the DCEU finds itself in another tricky position entirely. I want to take a step back and really look at what both studios, the juggernauts of comic book film adaptations in Hollywood, are really going with their visions. That begs the question, why is it that DC is giving its filmmakers such enormous free reign creatively, while Marvel Studios challenges that notion? The answer isn't as black and white as we think.
When Iron Man released in 2008, the world was introduced to the idea of a superhero team-up that hasn't been done before in filmmaking. It was undoubtedly an ambitious undertaking, and Kevin Feige deserves great praise for actually managing to pull it off to the extent that it's now the largest superhero franchise and brand in cinematic history. It was a big gamble for Marvel Studios to follow through with The Avengers, but it paid off greatly for them. However, to achieve this level of consistency in order to bring each superhero under one roof without clashing tones and styles, liberties (or maybe the lack thereof) had to be taken with each film's director to create a coherent vision that gels with the overarching universe.
As bold as a vision as a cinematic universe was, over ten years and nearly two dozen films later, it's become evident that this formula - while it still works - has come at a great cost to the creative vision behind each unique idea or concept. Feige needed to make sure that each film at least retained some consistency with its themes, tone, or style that would make for an easy transition into the tentpole collaborative films like The Avengers. Understandably so, since it would be difficult to actually have a plethora of heroes with clashing visions or drastically different ideologies from its previous directors exist under one banner. Here's the biggest problem with that: the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in having one unifying identity, is losing its individualism.
If you buy into a Marvel film, there's an extremely good chance that your price of admission will be worth it.
A horror movie in the MCU would be alarmingly out of place, and that's where Feige might've had a squabble with Derrickson's creative edge.
Warner Bros. seems to be learning from their mistakes.
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