Director Pedro Almodóvar Says Marvel Films Lack Sexuality

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar weighed in the conversation surrounding the quality of Marvel and superhero films as a whole.

Within the past few weeks, acclaimed filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola have sharply criticized the Marvel films and outlined why they believe superhero films are not true “cinema.” The comments have stirred up passionate conversations online and Pedro Almodovar discussed his own criticism of the Marvel films during an interview with Vulture.

During the interview at the Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th-anniversary gala, Pedro Almodovar noted that superhero films, including Marvel movies, are limiting for writers because they don’t explore desire or sexuality. Pedro Almodovar elaborated by noting that Marvel and other superhero films are focused on the adventure aspect while independent films allow for more exploration of human sexuality:

“There are many, many movies about superheroes. And sexuality doesn’t exist for superheroes. They are neutered. There is an unidentified gender, the adventure is what’s important. You can find, among independent movies, more of this sexuality. The human being has such sexuality! I get the feeling that in Europe, in Spain, that I have much more freedom than if I worked here.”

Pedro Almodovar added that he would not direct a Marvel film if asked by Kevin Feige. As Pedro Almodovar explained, he believes the Hollywood system is “too big” for him:

“You have to wait too long to see the results [with big movies]. I like being able to impose my opinion as a director. I’ve made 21 movies. I’m used to doing it the way I like, not fitting with the Hollywood system.”

What do you think of Pedro Almodovar’s comments? Does he have a point? Let us know your thoughts below!

Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate of films includes Black WidowThe EternalsShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder. In addition to the aforementioned feature films, Marvel Studios is developing several shows for Disney Plus including The Falcon and the Winter SoldierWandaVisionLokiWhat If…?, HawkeyeMs. MarvelMoon Knight, and She-Hulk.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Marvel Studios and to see if Pedro Almodovar follows up on his comments!

Source: Vulture

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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