Mandatory Movie Battles: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ vs. Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ Which is the Most Anticipated Event Film of the Year

Dune and Spider-Man: No Way Home. The latter, of course, is a Marvel movie—which the dude who directed The Irishman famously compared to “theme park rides.” In the past two years, Martin Scorsese’s comments have done nothing to slow down the ride. If anything, the MCU has sped up, taking attention away from “smaller” films…like Dune. Denis Villeneuve, whose blockbuster adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic Dune releases this month, recently made headlines for taking a few digs at Marvel movies while his star, Timothée Chalamet, said the best advice he got on navigating Hollywood was “no hard drugs and no superhero movies.” 

A big-budget adaptation boasting creative integrity versus another theme park ride. Once again we find ourselves in a Warner Bros. v. Marvel Studios scenario (foreshadowing?). A slew of factors, including marketing (or lack thereof), have set these two up as the most anticipated event films of 2021, but which is the most anticipated?

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