Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim says Hollywood franchises need a break to build anticipation.

Instead of Phase 5, one movie director seems to think the MCU should get five. Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Baby Driver) made that point, though he specifically avoided calling out certain Hollywood franchises with his advice.

appearing in Happy sad confused podcast (determined by IndieWireWright talked about the overall fatigue of the franchise on the silver screen. “I think one of the problems with movie franchises sometimes is when they announce — I’m not going to name anything — when they announce like huge movie screens and TV shows. […] This director said: There is a risk of killing the golden goose.

He might not name names, but the MCU and Star Wars are basically the only two franchises in town where Disney has been announcing movies for years and years alongside TV series. Instead, Wright believes the James Bond series would have done a better job with producer Barbara Broccoli, spacing out new entries.

“They’re smart enough to put the brakes on and build anticipation so you’re excited for the next one,” Wright said of the 007 properties. “I think one of the problems now is that I wish with some movies and series that people would understand that it’s okay to relax and build anticipation.”

However, Wright admits that he may no longer be the audience for these Hollywood blockbusters. “I never want to disparage any franchise because I’m 49 now, and if you have kids, it’s a different story and it’s about introducing your kids to franchises,” he said. But it’s a weird thing: If I could go back to when I was a young movie fan and I was enjoying a movie and people were like, “Guess what? They’re every three years for the rest of your life.’ I want to say “Really?!” That’s what saddens me, the lack of investment in new movies.

For those unfamiliar, Wright was set to direct Ant-Man for Marvel before leaving the project due to creative differences. Last year he opened up about what happened to the MCU movie and why he hasn’t seen it yet – even though he’s credited as the film’s writer.

Wright replaced Ant-Man with Baby Driver 2017. In 2021, he directed the documentary The Sparks Brothers as well as Last Night in Soho. He is currently promoting the Netflix series Scott Pilgrim, which serves as a sequel and remake of his 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

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