‘Gone Girl’ Director David Fincher Throws Shade At Marvel Studios & Hollywood; Praises Netflix

Marvel Studios While promoting his new Netflix series Mindhunter, David Fincher had a lot to say about the industry, and more specifically Marvel Studios.

It’s a common criticism for fans to say that all Marvel films are more of the same, formulaic and aren’t very complex, but when a prestigious director comes out and says it we all should take notice.

David Fincher believes that Netflix has unleashed a new way of storytelling that Hollywood doesn’t  really allow and he points a finger at Marvel Studios as the main culprit. Here’s exactly what Fincher had to say about them:

Look, there’s a very large talent pool of people who are- don’t feel there’s much for them in terms of sustenance working for Marvel, And I think that if we can make a playground for them that is thoughtful, adult, interesting, complex, challenging stories and figure out ways to pull them into it, there’s a chance at something that isn’t lassoed and hogtied by three acts. And there’s something else that doesn’t have to be 22-minute half hour or have a cliffhanger. I think it is an exciting time.

While I agree that all Marvel Studios films are lacking a particular voice and difference in storytelling structure, I also have to agree that whatever they’re doing is working and most Marvel Studios fans love it. With films like Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel appears to be moving in to a very director friendly environment and you can tell from the DNA of those film that they’re the spawn of Taika Waititi and James Gunn.

What do you guys think of Fincher’s comments? Do you agree with him? Sound off in the comments below.

Mindhunter is currently on Netflix and the next Marvel Studios film, Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3rd, 2017!

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  • Marquis de Sade

    David sphincter needs to lay off the HATERADE…He’s just feelin’ salty cuz MCU is runnin’ this here BYTTCH!

    • ctr54

      hes mad cuz mcu is the macdonalds of movie making


    He’s totally right…

    • Peter James

      …..only if you assume that we live in a world in which the NetFlix studio he’s busy kissing a$s to, don’t also produce Marvel TV shows that look and feel nothing like the MCU movies.
      Much like he’s doing.

      • impactliveTNA

        Actually they do. No F-bombs and no boobs with the those tones being tame formulaic with the whole story ending at Zombie ninjas eating Dinosaur Bones for inmortality LOL. Compared to other NetFlix shows Marvel TV are Mickey Mouse. Disney will pull them now going to their own streaming service. The only 1 worth watching is Daredevil season 1 after that it’s plain garbage.

  • Axxell

    Marvel owns Hollywood at the moment, so naturally, when people talk about Marvel, they’re talking about Hollywood as a whole.

    In any case, what he said about Marvel was pretty tame …obviously someone looking to make their own stories is not gonna go to the studio that was specifically made to tell Marvel stories.

    • impactliveTNA

      I’d say Star Wars Disney is on top money wise. Owning Hollywood makes no sense unless you are saying they illegally bought it like the Mafia. That just adds to his argument how overrated the MCU movies are & right storywise with the formulaic kids comedy is pretty much the same thing just different characters.

      • Jared M. Bobak

        nah, 1 star wars movie a year =/= 3 MCU movies. star wars may be worth more per film and a more popular franchise than any solo mcu film, but disney wont even take the gamble to put more than one out in a calendar year just for the threat of diminshing returns for there most profitable franchise.

  • LupeX

    Fincher saying nothing but the facts!

  • Jimmy Wondering

    “While I agree that all Marvel Studios films are lacking a particular voice and difference in storytelling structure”

    If you can’t see how Guardians is different than CW or TWS or how Iron Man 3 is different than 2 then you shoulddn’t be writing for this site. If Marvel lacks a creative voice then DC lacks a vision allthogether since all their movies throw the same doom and gloom to the audiences.

    • Mark Hinnegan


      Some guy wants you unemployed because you don’t love a bunch of movies he’s not even involved in.

      That’s cute. 🤣

      • Matias Gagliardone

        He never said you had to like them he just stated that they’re different

    • chaburchak

      Well said. I think saying “Marvel is so formulaic and/or is strangling individual creativity!” has just become the latest kewl thing to say…

  • Jared M. Bobak

    i dont exactly agree, i think you can easily tell the different voice/flavors of the mcu, whether it be by the director choice or the source materials contents. i dont think there is room in the mcu for unecessary stylization, ie zack snyder’s MO. If anything, what one film do most of the mcu movies feel like than? iron man? the avengers? captain america? i think as formulaic as they are, guardians, doctor strange, spider man, iron man, thor and captain america have next to nothing in common in there solo movies besides theyre all really good watchable films.

  • singsingjohnny

    Bottom line, Marvel and Disney know what sells. After Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge hit, they made Spider-Man and Thor colorful with an 80s vibe. And people eat it up. Definitely formulaic.

    • Axxell

      Everything is formulaic; just like I can recognize David Fincher’s style in every movie he makes…it’s because he’s got a formula.

  • chaburchak

    Prime example of Nate Brail talking out of both sides of his mouth. To wit: “While I agree that all Marvel Studios films are lacking a particular voice and difference in storytelling structure…” vs. “…and you can tell from the DNA of those film that they’re the spawn of Taika Waititi and James Gunn.” So is it all ALL, Nate, or just some? Can you seriously not tell any difference between Joe Johnston nostalgic First Avenger and the Russos’ Winter Soldier?

  • chaburchak

    The sameness in Marvel movies has been less the direction than the writing, especially for origin stories. When they first announced Dr. Strange, they said it would NOT be an origin tale, it would jump right into the story and be more of a horror film…I kinda wish they’d stuck with that, if only to avoid the obvious Iron Man comparisons. Instead they decided to play it safe and I guess you can’t argue with their success…

  • Disney Vasquez

    Nate Brail s a complete moron.