Damon Lindelof has commented on Marvel’s near total domination of the entertainment landscape. As the frequency and amount of movies and shows has ramped up, many commentators feel the quality has declined.
When there were two movies a a year and some TV shows that were part of the universe but not exactly required viewing on Netflix and ABC, it was easy. Now they have four movies a year, sometimes more in an “event” year, and there are numerous TV shows with up to ten episodes. It feels like a commitment. I still haven’t seen Ms Marvel or Black Widow yet. Maybe I am just a massive misogynist?
Interviewed for Vulture’s Into It podcast, Lindelof had this to say:
“It’s always going to be hard because once you’ve got someone’s attention, you want to keep it. So the idea of letting it go and not knowing if you’re ever going to get it back again is sort of like, it’s antithetical to the way that we’re wired.
From a slightly sort of more cynical standpoint, this is a business. It’s an industry. And if you make a couple of great Marvel movies, the instinct is, ‘We need to make more Marvel movies, and we need to expand this.’ And I have this sort of interior feeling of like ‘Wow, I wish they made less because it would make each one that came out a little bit more special.’
But I watch all of them. … People don’t want things to end. I do.”
Lindelof knows the way of the megafranchise is the current Hollywood passion, and he says he’s as involved as anyone:
“I don’t begrudge them the right to keep it going. I’ve made prequels and sequels and reboots, so I can’t be a hypocrite and say, ‘God, come up with an original idea.’ Meanwhile, I’m making two Star Trek movies and Prometheus.”