Ridley Scott Thinks Superhero Movies Are "Fucking Boring as Shit"

The 'House of Gucci' director is the latest addition to the anti-Marvel dog-pile

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 15, 2021

Another day, another brave director speaking out against the Marvel Cinematic Universe: House of Gucci filmmaker Ridley Scott has cast a wide net, saying that he believes superhero films, in general, are "fucking boring as shit."

In a new interview with Deadline, the director joined the likes of Denis Villeneuve (Dune), Martin Scorcese (Taxi Driver, The Irishman), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) and sometimes James Gunn (The Suicide Squad, Guardians of the Galaxy) by sharing his opinion on the quality of the box office-smashing Marvel franchise films of recent years.

"Almost always, the best films are driven by the characters," Scott told interviewer Mike Fleming Jr, "and we'll come to superheroes after this if you want, because I'll crush it; I'll fucking crush it. They're fucking boring as shit."

He crushed on: "Their scripts are not any fucking good," before adding that he believes himself to have directed "three great scripted superhero movies."

Scott continued:

One would be Alien with Sigourney Weaver, one would be fucking Gladiator, and one would be Harrison Ford… [Blade Runner]; they're superhero movies. So why don't the superhero movies have better stories? Sorry, I got off the rail. But I mean, c'mon! They're mostly saved by special effects and that's becoming boring for everyone who works with special effects, if you've got the money.

According to the director, Harrison Ford's character in Blade Runner was in fact a superhero, "but everyone was confused because he got the shit beaten out of him at the end by the other superhero — who they thought was the bad guy, but turned out to be a good guy. I think that's pretty cool," he explained.

It's unsurprising that Scott's main gripe with superhero movies is the lack of character-driven storylines, given his own dedication to fleshing out onscreen personas. Accordingly, for his latest film, Lady Gaga used an Italian accent for nine months to get into character.

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