Tim Burton Explains Why He’ll Never Direct a Marvel Movie: ‘I Can’t Handle a Multiple Universe’

By Brent Furdyk.

Tim Burton brings his talents to the small screen with « Wednesday, » the new Netflix series that reimagines « The Addams Family » by focusing on his daughter Wednesday (played by Jenna Ortega).

Ahead of the debut of « Wednesday » next month, Burton spoke with Deadline about his long association with Disney and why he’s not sure if he’ll continue working with the studio where he got his start as an animator.

“It has become very homogeneous, very consolidated. There’s less room for different kinds of things,” he said of Disney, none of the studio’s recent focus on Marvel and “Star Wars” projects.

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In fact, Burton is adamant that he has no desire to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

« I can only deal with one universe, » he said. « I can’t handle a multi-universe. »

He cites his experience leading the live-action remake of « Dumbo » in 2019 as likely ending his life at Disney.

“My story is that I started there. I was hired and fired many times throughout my career there,” Burton said.

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« The thing about Dumbo is that I think my days with Disney are over, I realized I was Dumbo, I worked in this horrible big circus, and I needed to get away from it all, » he explained. « This film is quite autobiographical on some level. »


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