Matt Reeves take on directing an MCU film
I have such respect for Kevin Feige and also for the Marvel filmmakers, but to be honest with you, I just don’t know how I would make my way through that. There has to be some level of discovery for me, where I have some freedom to find my way. If I have to come into something that’s already set too firmly, then I think I would get lost. And I don’t think they would be happy with me either.
Doesn't sound like a critique at all on the films, but more on the creative side and the difficulty that comes with it.
MCU films prioritize the universe and multiple creatives have a hard time dealing with not having 100% freedom and barely any studio interference.
Directors with similar predicaments
Patty Jenkins left Thor Dark World for too much studio interference
1st pick for directing Black Widow (Shortland) declined making the film because Marvel told her she doesn't have to worry about action scenes, they will handle it
Derrickson left Multiverse of Madness because Disney didn't want it to be too dark
Edgar Wright also left in the middle of Ant Man for similar reasons to Derrickson where they had a different vision
Most MCU films already have a good portion of the storyboard done before a director comes on with a few exceptions. Reeves likes to build his films from scratch with little to no interference. He knows it wouldn't work for him.
This pattern of giving directors freedom to an extent for standalone films is how Warner started with Puzo/Newman's Superman, Burton's Batman, A History Of Violence, V For Vendetta, etc. Nothing wrong with a universe with multiple brains collaborating under Fiege, but some want to be the captain of the ship. While some are ok with being under the DCEU like Wan, Muschietti, Sandberg, and Yan.