Wandavision star Elizabeth Olsen has launched a defence of Marvel films against the critics who play down the artistic importance of movies from the Disney franchise.
When asked by Empire about the success of Avengers: Endgame, legendary director Martin Scorsese famously played down box office and critical achievements of Marvel movies, saying:
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. 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 Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola described entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as “prototypes made over and over and over again to look different."
Olsen, who first made her appearance as a Marvel character in a post-credits scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, believes such comments are disrespectful to the crew who work on the movies, some of whom are the best in the business.
“I’m not saying we’re making indie art films, but I just think it takes away from our crew, which bugs me,” Olsen told the Telegraph.
“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.
“From an actor’s point of view, whatever, I get it; I totally understand that there’s a different kind of performance that’s happening. 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.”
Olsen most recently appeared in the MCU in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which she reprisex her role as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch.