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NYCC '21: Chris Claremont ... not a fan of this year's Marvel movies

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NYCC ’21: Chris Claremont … not a fan of this year’s Marvel movies

Kevin Feige no longer batting 1000?

Legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont has heaped praise on Marvel Studios’ adaptation of comics characters in the past, specifically pointing out how Kevin Feige and company have done a much better job than 20th Century Fox did with films based on his stories.

But maybe the honeymoon period is over between the comics scribe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At a panel devoted to him at New York Comic Con 2021, Claremont said that two major Marvel movies this year would undoubtedly be lacking the very thing that makes the MCU’s output special — the humor.

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“Whoever the idiots are in the giant spaceship,” Claremont said, referring to Jack Kirby’s Eternals, the film adaptation of which is set to debut in theaters on November 5. Claremont failed to see how any humor could be added to that concept, or even to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, for that matter.

Claremont not a fan of Shang-Chi?

From left: Xialing, Shang-Chi, and Katy
Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021.

Claremont’s biggest problem with the production of these movies, though, was that he saw them as delaying the inevitable addition of the X-Men to the MCU. He wryly joked of when it might finally happen, at this rate.

“Marvel Phase 12,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll live to see it.”

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