X-Men: Days of Future Past's Singer Criticizes Marvel's Reliance on Iron Man

X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer may not be attending press events in support of [...]


X-Men: Days of Future Past

director Bryan Singer may not be attending press events in support of the film, but old interviews that he gave before the studio pulled him out of circulation amid a sex scandal are still managing to generate some controversy. In a newly-published interview with Sci-Fi Now, Singer took aim at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, suggesting that the industry leader in superhero movies may be somewhat too reliant on a single, recognizable character to drive interest. "The Avengers is a mash-up of massive single character franchises of incredibly familiar characters and Iron Man. And did I mention Iron Man? Oh, and by the way – Iron Man," Singer said. "They are huge, colossal franchises that are peppered with all these other characters that are, again, extremely famous and so yes, Fox will at some point synergise [the X-Men] characters and that process is slowly beginning, but it's very different than taking movies that gross close to a billion dollars and then pushing them together into these giant broad movies. If you want to give me Robert Downey, Jr. in a metal suit and have him join the X-Men, then yes, let's go head-to-head [with Marvel Studios]." While each of the Marvel franchises have been financial successes in their own rights, only Iron Man and The Avengers have had installments that crossed the $1 billion threshold. "It's very different universes," Singer agrees. "The appeal is different and to try and do the same thing… this in an 'inbetweequel', OK, of two ensemble films, Avengers and the Marvel movies are individual franchises based on major characters that's why there are some Marvel characters in Avengers that don't have their own movie, because I don't know if they had their own movie anyone would be that interested."