I abhor the Easter Egg thing. Imagine seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey and saying “Fun Easter egg - the obelisks aren’t just obelisks but mean great evolutionary changes in humanity”. What used to be imagery and symbolism to something thoughtful and intriguing has just become a shallow reference to a movie or text. And increasingly in this blockbuster film making it’s just a shallow reference to another text that doesn’t actually add anything real except the enjoyable feeling of “getting it”.All the Marvel or whatever other companies make those movies are just lame to me. All the Easter eggs and all that crap just stinks.
I actually like plenty of MCU movies but there are too many, and the familiarity is breeding contempt. Modern big budget studio film making is focus grouped within an inch of its life, and suffers for it dreadfully.
Opera, ballet, jazz - all of these niche arts today were once among the popular forms of their days, appealing to the bulk of audiences, before getting replaced. I can see cinema heading into the same direction, as people tire of these increasingly enormous but replicating blockbusters, and the rise of series binging (or something new) having the potential to take its place. The reaction to the Oscars, with people’s disgust at these movies they’ve never heard of, despite being one of the better quality slate of nominees there’s been in years, indicates there’s already a big disconnect that will likely only grow as we continue to have an infinite number of options, and platforms that lump together people who enjoy Ran with Doctor Strange.