Today, everyone has an opinion about Marvel’s impact on the movie industry.
Directors from Martin Scorsese to Francis Ford Coppola have their take on how Marvel’s vast film universe is absorbing too much oxygen that could have gone to more creative filmmakers. Meanwhile, Marvel actors (a group that currently makes up much of Hollywood’s A-list) are joining in to defend the franchise.
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The latest Marvel star to step into the studio is “WandaVision” and “Doctor Strange” star Elizabeth Olsen. In a new interview with The Independent, Olsen expressed her belief that the franchise is getting too much criticism.
“I’m not saying we make indie art movies, but I think it takes away from our crew, which annoys me,” Olsen said. “These are some of the most amazing set designers, costume designers, cameramen — I feel like reducing them with that kind of criticism takes away from all the people who make award-winning films, who also work on these projects.”
Olsen understands that Marvel makes a certain type of film for a wide audience, but believes that should not take away from the craftsmanship that goes into the films.
“From an actor’s point of view, whatever, I get it; I understand very well that there is a different kind of performance taking place. But I think throwing Marvel under the bus takes away the hundreds of very talented crew members. I’m a little hesitant about that.”
Olsen says she wouldn’t appear in three Marvel movies until she was first cast in the role, and was pleasantly surprised that the studio wanted to continue working with her.
“I’ve only signed up to make a few movies, so it’s going to be a surprise if they want to use me on more projects,” she said. “I’m confused by how lucky I have been with those who wanted to make ‘WandaVision’.”
Olsen added that she sees no end in sight for her Marvel journey and is willing to continue making Marvel movies and shows as long as the quality remains at current levels.
“I don’t know how big the plans actually are, but I’m ready for anything as long as it has a good idea attached to it,”
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is now in theaters.
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