Chris Hemsworth has responded to the criticism that comic book movies have received from legendary filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese.
Over the last 20 years, we have entered the era of superhero movie dominance at the box office, largely due to the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hemsworth has played Thor in the MCU for well over a decade, including four stand-alone films focused on the God of Thunder.
Tarantino and Scorsese are two outspoken critics of these franchise movies, with the latter comparing them to theme park rides previously.
Hemsworth admits his frustration that his performance as Thor might alienate him from working with two directors he considers to be heroes.
"That's super depressing when I hear that. There go two of my heroes I won't work with. I guess they're not a fan of me," he told GQ.
"I don't love when we start scrutinising each other when there's so much fragility in the business and in this space of the arts as it is... I say that less to the directors who made those comments, who are all, by the way, still my heroes, and in a heartbeat I would leap to work with any of them. But I say it more to the broader opinion around that topic."
When asked if he would want to work with those two names, he responded: "in a heartbeat".
Tarantino can't wait for the superhero era to end
Tarantino's hatred of the current movie business era undoubtedly has to do with the rise of superhero and comic book adaptations.
Starting with Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr., the Marvel Cinematic Universe now has over 30 feature-length movies under its banner as well as a number of television shows.
Of the 10 highest-grossing movies of all time, four are Marvel products, while other franchises like Star Wars and Jurassic World are represented.
Tarantino hopes that the fad of comic book movies dies out just like musicals did towards the end of the 1960s.
"Just as ’60s anti-establishment auteurs rejoiced when studio musical adaptations fell out of favour, can’t wait for the day they can say that about superhero movies," he told the Los Angeles Times.
“The analogy works because it’s a similar chokehold."
He doesn't expect superhero pictures to leave our screens anytime soon, however.
“The writing’s not quite on the wall yet,” he said, “the way it was in 1969 when it was, ‘Oh, my God, we just put a bunch of money into things that nobody gives a damn about anymore.’”
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