The actress, who is presently playing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, spoke out against the well known criticism hurled at the MCU by directors like as Martin Scorsese.
Elizabeth Olsen is defending the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which she portrays Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch.
According to her interview with The Independent on Saturday, Olsen, 33, spoke out in reaction to earlier criticism leveled at the MCU, most notably by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, both of whom she said “made them [the Marvel movies] appear like a lower form of art.”
“I’m not suggesting we’re doing independent art films,” the actress, who is presently starring in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, stated. “These are some of the most incredible set designers, costume designers, camera operators – I feel like reducing them with that type of criticism takes away from all of the individuals that make award-winning films and work on these projects.”
Olsen, who has also had success as an indie darling in films such as 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, agrees that the MCU is inhabited with tentpole movies meant to generate money, but that doesn’t imply they are poor pictures.
“From an actor’s standpoint, whatsoever, I get it; I completely get that there’s a different sort of performance going on,” she said. “However, I believe that putting Marvel under the bus detracts from the hundreds of really skilled staff members. That’s where I become a bit snarky about it.”
Olsen’s remarks follow Scorsese’s well reported 2019 perspective on the MCU, in which he said in an interview with Empire via The Guardian that such films “are not cinema” and compared them to “theme parks.”
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Soon after, another award-winning director, Francis Ford Coppola, acknowledged Scorsese, 79, was “correct.”
“We hope to get something from film, some enlightenment, some understanding, some inspiration,” The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, 83, said media after winning the Prix Lumiere in France, according to AFP at the time.
“I don’t think anybody benefits from viewing the same movie again and over,” he concluded. “Martin was correct when he said that it is not cinema. He didn’t say it was disgusting, which I do.”
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Olsen has now gone on to play Wanda in many well-received Marvel ventures, including Avengers: Endgame in 2019 and the studio’s debut series WandaVision on Disney+ last year.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a 91 percent approval rating, with an 88 percent viewership rating.
Olsen is open to future MCU films starring Wanda/The Scarlet Witch. “I’m not sure how huge the ideas are, but I’m down for anything as long as it’s a good concept,” she told The Independent.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is presently in cinemas, also starring Benedict Cumberbatch.