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Film Discussion: Indie Directors --> Blockbusters

I should preface this by saying that a) I personally am not a fan of superhero/Marvel movies and b) this is not a platform to vent my hipster butthurt-ness(?) about my "cool thing" now being accessible to the mainstream. Hoping to open a discussion and get the thoughts and opinions of other film nerds like myself on the topic. So, lately I've noticed a phenomenon where a lot of creative indie filmmakers are jumping to the opposite side of the spectrum and signing on to direct huge major blockbusters. Don't get me wrong, this is a great thing for them personally and their career and I'm not faulting them for doing so, but for me I always get a little bummed out when one of my favourite directors takes on a Marvel movie or something. Not because the superhero scene isn't my thing, but more so because I'm of the opinion that these major blockbusters are more concerned with appealing to the masses to ensure their multi-million dollar film remains profitable, and thereby put a cap on the filmmakers creativity. I dunno if this has always been the case and I'm just noticing it now or not, but the amount of times I've seen this happen recently is very strange. Just my opinion though. Anyways, let me know what you make of this whole thing, if I'm being selfish as a viewer or if it irks you as well when this happens. Below are a few examples. Love to know your opinion on this. List is random digs.
1Jeff Rosenstock
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Taika Waititi

Why I love him: Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016), What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

Film in question: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Taika Waititi makes some of the most fun and joyous films and I adore his style so much. That being said, I was admittedly bummed as tit to see him join the Marvel franchise for the latest Thor movie. Still haven't seen it though, maybe I'd actually dig it. Who knows.
2The Roots
How I Got Over


Ryan Coogler

Why I love him: Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015)

Film in question: Black Panther (2018)

Dude is an excellent filmmaker, and he and Michael B Jordan make an awesome team. Fans of Marvel movies are lucky to have this guy under their belt.
3Every Time I Die
Ex Lives


Ava DuVernay

Why I love her: Selma (2014), 13th (2016)

Film in question: A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

Ava created a reputation of being a subversive and provocative voice for black culture through her works in film and collaborations with Oprah and Jay-Z/Beyonce. That in mind, I have no idea what to make of her latest movie watching the trailer...
4The Offspring
Smash


Rian Johnson

Why I love him: for directing some of the finest episodes of Breaking Bad and absolutely killing it.

Film in question: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Not really an indie director, but I'm including him anyways because he's become pretty much a household name after the release of The Last Jedi. His film work has been good, but what really caught my eye was his direction in Breaking Bad, leading the charge behind some of the series' most memorable moments (Fly, Fifty-One, and of course Ozymandias).
5Pile
Magic Isn't Real


David Lowery

Why I love him: A Ghost Story (2017)

Film in question: Pete's Dragon (2016)

This is an interesting example I wanted to include of a director who started out making independent features, moved to a major studio film, and then made the change back to indie again with A Ghost Story.
6Milo
Things That Happen At Day


David Ayer

Why I love him: End of Watch (2012)

Film in question: Suicide Squad (2016), Bright (2017)

Ayer admittedly had a pretty steady growth to exploding with Suicide Squad, but deserves to be mentioned because his potential shown with End of Watch in particular (Fury as well, to a degree) was unfortunately squandered so heavily once he had the major studio backing on said film.
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