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Why Parasite’s Bong Joon Ho Likely Won’t Ever Do A Marvel Movie

Whenever there’s a huge, breakout director, one inevitable question that comes up is, “Will he or she direct a Marvel movie?” Fans get excited, and they like the idea of a creative helmer being given free rein of a character they love. That being said, this isn’t always a great fit, and it sometimes takes a filmmaker saying that to clear the air.

This seems to be the case with Bong Joon Ho. You may know him as director of The Host, Snowpiercer, and Okja, but he’s really hit a new level of prestige with his latest flick Parasite. And so the inevitable question came while speaking on the Big Ticket podcast.

“I don’t think Marvel would ever want a director like me,” Bong said. “I don’t expect any offers from them anytime soon. Of their movies, I did enjoy the films by James Gunn and James Mangold’s Logan, and I think there are great directors who can handle great projects like that. The film industry seems complicated, but I think it’s quite simple for directors. It’s just best to do what you’re good at. And so I don’t really think Marvel and I are suitable for each other. That’s something I just intuitively feel.”

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And then there’s the scale of the whole thing. These Marvel movies are big.

“I felt much more comfortable with the size of Parasite, where it’s like you’re making films under a microscope, you can take a very meticulous and focused approach,” he added. “And I really felt that that’s what suits me the best. That’s the path that I want to dig deeper into. I don’t think it’s about modesty or even fear. I think it’s about doing what suits me the best.”

While I can understand that his vision isn’t really a fit for Marvel Studios, I don’t think he’s giving himself enough credit. With movies like Snowpiercer and Okja, he was working with a sizable mid-budget. Honestly, that’s a heck of a lot more experience than a lot of directors get before they jump into Marvel movies. As such, I have no problem believing he’ll adapt just fine.

What do you think of Bong’s comments? Do you agree with him or can you think of a cool Marvel character he can take charge of? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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