While Hollywood seems to have permanently adopted the shared-universe, existing IP-based, tentpole-starting, franchise-building method of movie making, there are still a few directors out there with the free creative reign to do whatever the hell they want.
Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Clint Eastwood — hell, even Ben Affleck — all come to mind when thinking of today’s true auteur directors. And a man by the name of Quentin Tarantino certainly belongs on that list.
Now, while Tarantino has never personally partaken in the shared-universe side of cinema, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate the art form, as he recently said in an interview that’s he’s in the middle of tearing his way through the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking with Empire Magazine, the legendary Pulp Fiction director revealed that he’s currently in the midst of working his way through the MCU and has a particular appreciation for Thor: Ragnarok.
“I think the only comic-book movies I saw last year at theaters were Wonder Woman and Black Panther,” he told Empire. “But about a couple of weeks ago I started catching up with some of the Marvel movies so I could go see Endgame. I just finished Captain America: Civil War, so next up is Doctor Strange,” Tarantino said.
When asked about Thor: Ragnarok, Tarantino said that he loved it, more so than any other film in the MCU.
“I loved it. It was my favorite one of the series since The Avengers – drastically my favorite,” the director stated.
Tarantino’s next film (the ninth film he’s directed), Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, is set to be released in theaters on Friday, July 26.
Given the insanely stacked call sheet (Leo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie & more) and the current 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood is shaping up to be one of Tarantino’s most iconic films.