As renowned directors lash out at Marvel Studios, the celebrated Nicolas Cage decides to position himself as a supporter of the Avengers. The actor boasts a handful of titles within the superhero genre, from a frustrated project on Superman, through the movies Ghost Rider (2007-2011), without forgetting his memorable participation in kick-ass (2010). However, Cage’s arguments in favor of the House of Ideas go beyond his work experience.
Well known are the words of Martin Scorsese, who years ago stated that the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are not “cinema” and compared them to “theme parks”. More recently, Roland Emmerich expressed that the great superhero productions undermine originality and ruin the film industry. And in the eyes of Francis Ford Coppola, a Marvel movie “is a prototype that is replicated over and over and over and over again to make it look different.”
About, GQ decided to ask Nicolas Cage – Coppola’s nephew – his position in a recent interview. And it turns out that the actor does not think the same as his uncle and the other detractors of the MCU. “Because they did that?”he questioned. “I don’t understand the conflict. I do not agree with them on that perception or opinion.”.
Although Cage is a star familiar with the blockbusters, he has been mostly involved in independent and low-budget films over the last decade; several of them, recognized in festivals. In that sense, anyone would think that the Oscar winner hates Marvel for taking away exhibition spaces from alternative film proposals. But it’s not like that.
«I think that the films I make, like Pig or joeThey don’t have any kind of conflict with the Marvel movies.” “I mean, I don’t think the Marvel movies had anything to do with the end of the ‘tweens’. By ‘tweens’, I mean the movie with a budget of $30 to $50 million. I think the movies are in good shape.”
Following that line, Cage highlighted the titles the power of the dogby Jane Campion, and spencer, by Pablo Larraín (competitors in the 2022 Oscar) as examples of that successful status that he attributes to the cinematographic field. He also mentioned executive producer Megan Ellison (the gucci house) and director Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), whose projects —in his opinion— do not collide with those of Marvel.
“Marvel has done a really excellent job of entertaining the whole family. They thought about it a lot », he asserted. “I mean, he’s definitely had a lot of progression from when I was doing the first two movies of Ghost Rider. Kevin Feige, or whoever is behind that machine, has found a masterful way of weaving the stories together and interconnecting all the characters.”
And I add:
“What could possibly be wrong with wholesome entertainment, that is appealing to parents and kids, and gives people something to look forward to? I just don’t see what the problem is.”
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But will we be counting on Nicolas Cage to receive the next dose of “healthy entertainment”? Previously, there have been rumors that Ghost Rider will be one of the cameos in the upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s what he thought GQ when he asked Cage directly if he would actually play the devilish biker again in that tape.
“Oh, I don’t think so. I don’t think they’re going to cast me,” she confessed. “I mean, I would. It would be funny. I would love to work with Cumberbatch, but I don’t think that will happen.”
Although not in Marvel, Nicolas Cage will be seen soon in the weight of talent, an action and comedy film where he plays a fictional version of himself. Come in here to learn more about the project.
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