'Parasite' Director Bong Joon-ho Doesn't Want to Do a Marvel Movie

But not for the reason you might think

BY Josiah HughesPublished Nov 19, 2019

Thanks to Martin Scorsese, every respected director has decided to weigh in on whether or not Marvel movies can be considered "cinema." Thanks to Parasite, Bong Joon-ho is certainly one of the year's most adored filmmakers, and he's got some spicy Marvel takes of his own. 

In a new Variety cover story, Joon-ho was asked if he'd ever direct a superhero film. His answer was no, although it wasn't for the reason you might expect.

"I have a personal problem. I respect the creativity that goes into superhero films, but in real life and in movies, I can't stand people wearing tight-fitting clothes," he admitted. "I'll never wear something like that, and just seeing someone in tight clothes is mentally difficult."

He continued, "I don't know where to look, and I feel suffocated. Most superheroes wear tight suits, so I can never direct one. I don't think anyone will offer the project to me either. If there is a superhero who has a very boxy costume, maybe I can try."

That said, Joon-ho sees both sides of the great cinema debate of 2019.

"I have so much respect for Scorsese and Coppola, and I grew up studying their films. So I fully understand the context of their comments and I respect their opinion," he added. "But on the other hand, if I look at the films individually, I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, James Mangold's Logan and Winter Soldier by the Russo Brothers. There are great cinematic moments in those films."

Read Variety's full Bong Joon-ho interview here.


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