Marvel Cinematic Universe-style Dungeons & Dragons. This is the detail that transpires from the words of the film’s co-director Jonathan Goldstein, who together with John Francis Daley directs Dungeons & Dragons – Honor for Thieves, a reboot of the film saga based on the 80s cult game of the same name, starring Chris Pine.
Interviewed by Total Film, Goldstein said: “Are there many titles to rely on in fantasy/comedy / action-adventure films? There are not many. With the MCU you always laugh and have fun. But there is also an end-of-the-world stake in each of them, and that was what we were aiming for,” said the director.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves follows a group of unlikely adventurers who attempt to solve a global threat with only the help of their small band of heroes. The film borrows several things from the D&D tradition and relies on a star-studded cast such as Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Hugh Grant. Official poster of Dungeons & Dragons with all the protagonists of the film.
Just as Tony Stark is inspired by Elon Musk and Howard Hughes, so the characters of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor among thieves borrow several insights from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially the balance of comedy with the high stakes of the plot.