'I'm annoyed by the monopoly'

Mumbai: American filmmaker Ari Aster says he is "annoyed" by the monopoly of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films but believes expressing any opinion on the spectrum will invite a new controversy.

Earlier this month, filmmaker Martin Scorsese had likened the MCU movies to "theme parks" experience rather than true cinema, sparking a huge debate in Hollywood with noted names like Francis Ford Coppola and Ken Loach joining him in criticising the superhero dramas.

Aster, known for helming acclaimed horror films, Hereditary and the latest Midsommar, said monopoly of any kind is unhealthy.

Asked how he views the MCU movies as a filmmaker who makes remarkably different films, Aster said, "I am annoyed by the monopoly. But it's probably safer for me to not present an opinion given that it's a scandal every time someone does. But I think any monopoly is unhealthy and certainly that applies to this one." The director said even though he makes low budget films, he lucked out.

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