Hanks wanted to “unpack” the idea of a dominant genre. He asked if there was an era of cinema with a particular type of film that “dominated the market” and referred to the West in the 1950s. To be fair, it’s not quite the same. I’d say one can compare the superhero genre as a whole to the Western genre, but the connectivity of the MCU is what defines it. Almost every plot is based on stories of the past and sets up stories in the future. However, you can see what he is saying. Hanks explains:
“To get into some sort of universe or something – let’s get John Ford’s Western, shall we? You could say it’s the John Ford Universe of Western. It’s not very different, maybe as you know, Marvel. Universe motion picture. If it was a glamorous John Ford Western, would you do it?”
Of course, he didn’t say whether he would or not. He continues, painting a picture of the potential of such an era, especially compared with the West at the height of his popularity and John Ford in his prime. “You’ll take me back, we’ll be in Monument Valley,” he said, “[…] And that’s what we’re going to do? You can do it because you can finish [‘The Searchers’] or you can end up in ‘She Wore A Yellow Ribbon’ which has all the stuff you can end up with. ”
Hanks suggests that you never know what you’ll get (pun intended in part). You can sign up for one and end up with a cinematic masterpiece in hand, a classic that stands the test of time. Of course, the opposite is also likely to be true.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1008947/tom-hanks-has-mixed-feelings-about-the-idea-of-joining-the-mcu/ Tom Hanks has mixed feelings about the idea of joining the MCU