Summary

  • Kojima’s passion for film shines through in his one-sentence reviews of Marvel movies, hinting at his true feelings subtly.
  • Films like Black Panther get detailed praise from Kojima, while lackluster ones like Dark Phoenix barely even get a mention.
  • Even a seasoned filmmaker like Kojima couldn’t find anything positive to say about the forgettable disaster that was Madame Web.

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Hideo Kojima has given his fair share of reviews of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, with some Kojima reviews being more brutal than others. Known for his video game design, Kojima’s passion for film is evident in his projects with cinematic shots and excellent voice acting from Hollywood actors. Kojima rose to fame in the video game industry, developing the Metal Gear games for Konami. However, he’s been very public about his passion for making trips to the theater, too.

In the words of Kojima on his Twitter, “70% of my body is made of movies,” and his account is evidence of that. However, the auteur has a subtle way of expressing himself when he doesn’t like a movie without becoming negative. While the movies he likes get longer, descriptive reviews, those he seemingly doesn’t care for get simple, matter-of-fact confirmations of having been seen. Marvel films have ranged from excellent to lackluster, but only 5 Marvel films have received the Kojima one-sentence treatment.

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5 Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther Was A Cultural Moment For The MCU And Superhero Films

Black Panther saw plenty of success at its release, becoming a monumental moment for the MCU and the superhero genre in general. The film was the first to feature a Black superhero front and center, with Wakanda being a tribute to African-American culture. Black Panther remains one of the few MCU films to gross over $1 billion and was the first MCU film to win an Academy Award. Many fans agree that the accolades are justified, as Black Panther’s story, acting, and costume design were all praised.

Hideo Kojima’s Review Of Black Panther Does Not Reflect The Overall Critical Consensus

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96%

79%

Black Panther was the first MCU project that Kojima gave a one-sentence review to. At the time of release, some interpreted Kojima’s brief review as short but sweet, as if he was rendered speechless by the film. However, with Kojima’s trend of giving one-sentence reviews to films he’s not fond of, it seems he didn’t love Black Panther. Out of all of Kojima’s one-sentence Marvel reviews, this was the only review that didn’t match the critical and audiences consensus.

Kojima gave a much longer review to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, praising it’s handling of Chadwick Boseman’s passing and themes of revenge.

Black Panther Theatrical Poster depicting the primary cast

Black Panther

Director
Ryan Coogler

Release Date
February 16, 2018

4 Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel Got Big Box Office Numbers Despite Mixed Reviews

Another cultural moment for the MCU, Captain Marvel was the first solo MCU film for a female hero. Audiences supported the film at its release, launching it to another $1 billion box office for Marvel. However, despite the financial success, Captain Marvel’s reviews were incredibly mixed. A lot of the audience criticism that Captain Marvel received came from sexist online trolling, but there were also many valid criticisms about the pacing of the film, some of the lackluster performances, and the overall generic story formula.

Many Will Agree With Hideo Kojima’s Short Captain Marvel Review

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79%

45%

Kojima’s Captain Marvel review remains the shortest MCU review he has ever given at only three words. Simply stating that he went to see the film, Kojima doesn’t even add whether he saw it in IMAX or not like he has with other one-sentence reviews. His actual opinions on the film are unknown, but one can assume that the low-ranking MCU film received low marks in Kojima’s books, too. Kojima got straight to the point with his Captain Marvel tweet, not saying a word more than he had to.

Captain Marvel

Director
Anna Boden , Ryan Fleck

Release Date
March 6, 2019

3 Dark Phoenix (2019)

The X-Men Era Came To A Disappointing End With Dark Phoenix

Whereas most films with low audience scores have average critics scores, Dark Phoenix is the other way around. The X-Men film is certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes with an abysmal critics score for a film from such a major studio. In fact, it is considered one of the biggest box office bombs of all time. While it’s arguably not the worst Marvel film ever made, Dark Phoenix feels especially disappointing as it was meant to be the final goodbye to the X-Men before the MCU reboot.

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The Forgettable Film Doesn’t Even Get A Name Drop From Hideo Kojima

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22%

64%

When reviewing Dark Phoenix, Kojima doesn’t even name-drop the film in his tweet. His review reflects just how forgettable Dark Phoenix is in the grand scheme of things, from the corny one-liners to the lackluster costumes. In fact, the entire third act of Dark Phoenix was reshot due to poor reception from test audiences. Kojima simply posting a picture of the film’s posters goes along with the short sentence confirming that he did, in fact, see the film. This is a review that most X-Men fans can probably relate to as Dark Phoenix doesn’t warrant a reaction any bigger.

X-Men Dark Phoenix Poster

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Director
Simon Kinberg

Release Date
June 7, 2019

Cast
Jennifer Lawrence , Tye Sheridan , Michael Fassbender , Jessica Chastain , Alexandra Shipp , Nicholas Hoult , Kodi Smit-McPhee , Evan Peters , James McAvoy , Sophie Turner

2 The Marvels (2023)

The Captain Marvel Sequel Broke Records For All The Wrong Reasons

The Marvels had a tough task of following up Captain Marvel, a film that received huge box office numbers yet mixed reviews. Fans already had a less-than-optimistic view of the Captain Marvel franchise, so it was hard for The Marvels to beat much of the bias. The film had some shining moments that were carried by the main trio’s chemistry and Iman Vellani’s big-screen debut, but it was still a lackluster film in the grand scheme of things. The Marvels performed so poorly at the box office that it became the lowest-grossing MCU film of all time.

Hideo Kojima’s Review Sums Up The Lackluster General Response

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62%

82%

Perhaps Kojima enjoyed The Marvels slightly more than Captain Marvel, as his one-sentence review at least mentioned that he saw it in IMAX 3D. He even included a selfie of himself in the theater in his tweet, which one can assume means he at least had a bit of fun. However, his review of The Marvels ultimately reads the same as his other one-sentence reviews, with Kojima clearly leaving the theater with some gripes about the film just as many other audiences did.

The Marvels Movie Poster

The Marvels

Director
Nia DaCosta

Release Date
November 10, 2023

1 Madame Web (2024)

Dakota Johnson’s Much-Maligned Spidey Spin-Off Failed To Impress

Dakota Johnson’s Much-Maligned Spidey Spin-Off Failed To Impress

Sony’s Marvel films have been pretty hit-or-miss in terms of quality, but Madame Web is undoubtedly the studio’s worst project to date. It has become one of the most negatively-received superhero projects of all time and has a dreadful critics’ score along with its poor audience score. Madame Web was already projected for failure when the first trailer came out and the poor quality of the film was evident, from out-of-place dialogue to questionable acting. The film was so bad that even leading stars Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney have taken jabs at it.

Hideo Kojima’s Madame Web Review Was Just As Brutal As Many Others

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RT Audience Score

12%

57%

Kojima’s Madame Web review doesn’t seem particularly harsh in comparison to his other one-sentence reviews, but it’s just as brutal as the critical consensus. With how much there is to criticize about Madame Web, Kojima could’ve easily listed off some negatives about the film as other reviewers have. However, by limiting his Madame Web review to a few words, Kojima is implying that the box office bomb wasn’t even worth his time to review. He seems well aware of the consensus that Madame Web will be a stain on Marvel’s filmography despite not even being an MCU film.

Madame Web Movie Poster Featuring Sydney Sweeney as Julia Carpenter, Isabela Merced as Anya Corazon, Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, Celeste O'Connor as Mattie Franklin, and Tahar Rahim as Ezekiel Sims

Madame Web

Director
S.J. Clarkson

Release Date
February 14, 2024

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