Gilliam joins the chorus of Marvel critique in a new interview.
Monty Python legend, Terry Gilliam, has come out as the latest to shade Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Specifically, Ryan Coogler’s historic 2018 contribution, Black Panther.
In a recent interview with IndieWire, Gilliam broke off from discussing his new film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, to blast the MCU, echoing some of the sentiments from Martin Scorsese’s now-infamous anti-comic-book-movie screed. On Black Panther, Gilliam targeted the crew behind the film, stating, “I think the people who made it have never been to Africa. They went and got some stylist for some African pattern fabrics and things. But I just hated that movie, partly because the media were going on about the importance of bullshit.”
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When asked if he thought the film’s success was tethered to a focus on “identity politics,” Gilliam doubled, and tripled, claiming to have “hated Black Panther. It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bullshit. It’s utter bullshit.” Expanding on his critique, Gilliam targeted Marvel’s gaudy productions for sucking up studio budgets, “You make a film for over $150 million or less than $10. Where’s all this other stuff? It doesn’t exist anymore.”
Despite the backlash from directors of a certain complexion and tax bracket, Black Panther has already locked in a sequel for 2022, leading the fifth phase of the MCU, with Coogler returning to direct.