Elizabeth Olsen Stands up for Marvel Crewmembers

Posted 2022/05/10 4 0

The ongoing debate about comic book movies continues. According to a recent talk with The Independent, Elizabeth Olsen is speaking up for the cast and crew of the Marvel movies. To her, if you think of those movies as “lesser art,” you’re undermining the work that so many put into them.

“I’m not saying we’re making indie art films, but I just think it takes away from our crew, which bugs me. These are some of the most amazing set designers, costume designers, camera operators – I feel diminishing them with that kind of criticism takes away from all the people who do award-winning films, that also work on these projects.”

This particular subject sparked in 2019 when Martin Scorsese spoke about superhero movies. The director stated in an interview that he was struggling to keep up with the recent blockbuster line of superhero movies. Scorsese famously compared his experience with the films to that of theme park rides.

“Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

The quote sparked a conversation that has since ignited and continues to spread across social media and industry heads alike. While many have pointed out the glossy and overly-polished monolith that is Marvel taking up theater screens where smaller independent movies could be seen, others have also pointed out the themes, visuals and performances that the Marvel movies also feature. Kevin Feige has since gone on record to defend the MCU as well, stating that despite the film series not earning major awards doesn’t mean that the films themselves lack any sort of quality.

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“Maybe it’s easy to dismiss VFX or flying people or spaceships or billion dollar grosses,” Feige said. “I think it is easy to say that you have already been awarded in a certain way. [Alfred] Hitchcock never won best director, so it’s very nice, but it doesn’t mean everything. I would much rather be in a room full of engaged fans.”

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Ever since the debate started, Scorsese has since posted an essay on the New York Times to explain his reasoning further. To Scorsese, the problem is not in the movies featuring lots of CGI or colorful costumes. It’s actually that superhero movies are the only option for audiences when they head to the cinema. Meanwhile, the smaller, independent movies are pushed to streaming releases.

“In many places around this country and around the world, franchise films are now your primary choice if you want to see something on the big screen. It’s a perilous time in film exhibition, and there are fewer independent theaters than ever. The equation has flipped and streaming has become the primary delivery system. Still, I don’t know a single filmmaker who doesn’t want to design films for the big screen, to be projected before audiences in theaters.”

While there is certainly a discussion to be had about studios clinging to blockbusters and franchises for guaranteed money. It is also important to remember that even the most blatant cash grab movies are still made by real people who work just as hard as anybody in Hollywood. Olsen seems to have her heart in the right place with this conversation, it’s the crews that make our favorite movies, be they blockbusters or small indie stories, look so dazzling on the big screen.

“[But] I do think throwing Marvel under the bus takes away from the hundreds of very talented crew people. That’s where I get a little feisty about that.”

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