New ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ Trailer Is Too MCU-ish

Late last year, we noticed a very Marvel Cinematic Universe vibe going on with the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves featurette. Lots of humor, quips, and things that have become storytelling crutches for Disney’s comic book movies appear to be infecting other genres now. Maybe we were being too hard on the video, but then a new trailer came out, and we had the strangest feeling of déjà vu.

If you think the new trailer feels like it’s borrowing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s formula, that’s because it may be by design. Comic Book Resources claim that the directing duo of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley were namedropping the MCU. Still, I could not find a quote that directly references the long-running series of films.

I think if may be implied by this quote from Daley, “Dungeons & Dragons presents itself in such a unique way that it is absolutely natural to have your characters have a sense of humour. It’s more reflective of people in life. You sometimes laugh at tragedy in order to be able to cope with it. It’s a very natural emotion that we definitely wanted to explore among the sad bits, the action-packed bits, the dramatic bits – to have a really fleshed-out, multiple-genre film.

Quips. I’m pretty sure he means there’s lots of quipping even when there shouldn’t be.

This is unfortunate because I was looking forward to a new D&D movie. I even like Courtney Solomon’s 2001 film, even with the wonky casting and Jeremey Irons chewing the scenery like a madman. That Dungeons & Dragons film was terrible for all the right reasons and is still watchable today, especially with friends during Bad Movie Night.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves will premiere in US theatres on March 31st. It stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Hugh Grant.

[Source: CBR] [Source: eOneUK]

Mike Phalin

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