Marvel directors compare video games to blockbuster movies

The Russo brothers — best known as action film directors, including many Marvel films — have now compared video game action to all-time great movies.

They are the second most successful directors of all time, behind Spielberg, demonstrating their excellence in directing action sequences.

Can gaming action sequences keep up with their movie counterparts?


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From Captain America to Avengers: Endgame, you’ve probably enjoyed some of their work.

Speak with IGNthe brothers revealed what video game action they think can stand up to the big Hollywood blockbusters.

Here we have video game action sequences rated by two Hollywood greats.

Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot’s action sequences are filmed to serve the gameplay and the brothers understand that.

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However, they found the camera angle looking back as you jump over a series of obstacles to be quite mundane.

They offered a number of angles that could have made the scene more interesting.

An example they gave was imagining the action from the dinosaur’s point of view or if we were pulled lower to see Crash’s reactions.

Overall they were unimpressed and gave our boy Bandicoot a three out of ten.

Resident Evil 8

When Ethan tries to escape while handcuffed in Resident Evil 8, it’s one of the most tense moments in the game.

It’s also a scene that has left many players stuck because it’s not obvious how to break free from the shackles.

The Russo brothers were blown away by the trope, which they dubbed “the limited protagonist.”

It is commonly used in media where the main character is put in a dire situation, often due to parts of their body being restrained.

They also thought that the first-person perspective was difficult to sell because you couldn’t see the person’s emotions.

Because of all of this, Resident Evil only received a five out of ten.


You probably thought the classic car chase, in which Nathan Drake and his brother Sam go on a motorcycle hunt through Madagascar, deserved the director’s respect.

This Uncharted scene is often considered one of the greatest action sequences in video game history.

The Russo brothers weren’t too impressed, however.

While the scene is classic action, which they’ve likened to the opening scene from the Bond film Skyfall, it doesn’t do anything unique or groundbreaking with it.

A solid standard action piece, but Mr Drake only won seven out of ten.

It takes two

People may underestimate the action in It Takes Two because of its cartoonish graphic style.

The Russo brothers showed us that there’s a lot more to the mole hunt sequence than meets the eye.

It features a number of interesting angles not typically shown in games or movies. From a vertical to the top shot to an extremely wide angle.

The pace slows and the camera gives the feeling that there is no escape. They even compare it to the work of Peter Jackson.

The Russo brothers applauded with an eight out of ten.

The Last of Us Part 2

As soon as they saw the clip of Abby in the hospital from The Last of Us Part 2, the two dubbed it “one of the greatest video games of all time.”

They point to the inspiration of directors like Spielberg, where escape is the focus on the monster chasing you.

As in Jaws, the creature is all the more fearsome because it is rarely seen.

A gripping sequence that deserves a nine out of ten.

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This was probably one of the last games you’d expect to see at the top of this list, but the Russo brothers enjoyed Norman Jayden’s clumsy pursuit of a suspect.

Although they are best known for their Marvel films, they have also worked with sitcoms such as Arrested Development and Community.

The way the suspect just kept throwing boxes reminded her of a parody film like Blues Brothers.

They couldn’t dispute the comedic value, even if it was unintentional, and gave it a 10 out of 10.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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