Kevin Smith explains why he’ll never direct a Marvel movie, despite his love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Director Kevin Smith revealed why he’ll never helm a Marvel movie, despite being a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“At this point, knowing that time is limited, it’s all about my characters and my toys, less so about other people’s stuff,” The Clerks director and lifelong comic book fan told Uproxx. “We live in this era now where it’s like, I should be romping from comic book movie to comic book movie. I’ve been talking about this shit since the ’90s, so I should be out there doing it, but number one, I’m not that talented. Not talented enough to pull off comic book movies. You need visual style to do that sort of thing. I don’t think visually. I think in words. Even my favorite comic books have more words than pictures in them and stuff like that.”
Smith continued, “Number two, it’s more satisfying for me to create my own stories. As much as I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe… Part of the reason I love those movies so much… it’s breathtaking how they take the stories I knew as a kid and bring them to life now as movies. I don’t have that kind of ability.”
Many of Smith’s films make references to comic books and superhero culture, such as Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Smith even opened a comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, in Red Bank, New Jersey. Still, he’d rather remain a fan of the MCU and leave it to other filmmakers to take on those mega-budgeted projects. However, has no issue directing superheroes on the small screen, having helmed episodes of Supergirl and The Flash for The CW.
Smith was referenced in the MCU when he got a shoutout in 2018’s Captain Marvel, which takes place in 1995, the year Mallrats was released. The scene features Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) passing Stan Lee while he’s reading the script for Mallrats and practicing his dialogue for his cameo in the film.
Smith has in fact been playing with his own “toys” as of late. 2019 saw the release of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the first live-action View Askewniverse film since 2006’s Clerks II. Speaking of, next up for Smith is Clerks III, which wrapped filming just a few weeks ago. The director recently revealed on Instagram that he’s already completed the first cut of the threequel. Smith has also spent the past several years developing a Mallrats sequel titled Twilight of the Mallrats.
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