Chris Evans on Martin Scorsese's dismissal of Marvel movies: There's room at the table for all of it
Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson are the latest Marvel actors to speak about Martin Scorsese’s statements regarding the cinematic validity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.
Scorsese had dismissed the superhero films as theme park rides and not cinema in an interview with Empire, sparking outrage and a Hollywood debate as to whether blockbusters are making it difficult for smaller-scale movies to survive in theatres. He said, “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.”
In one of Variety’s Actors on Actors conversations, Scarlett Johansson, who will headline a solo Black Widow movie next year, offered her two cents.
She said, “It’s interesting, because a couple of people in the past couple of days have mentioned to me that a couple of extremely esteemed directors have been really vocal about how the whole Marvel universe and big blockbusters are really, like, “despicable” and “the death of cinema.”
Johansson added, “At first I thought that seems kind of old-fashioned, and somebody had to explain to me, because it seemed so disappointing and sad in a way. They said, “I think what these people are saying is that at the actual theater, there’s not a lot of room for different kinds of movies, or smaller movies, because the theater is taken up by huge blockbusters.”
Chris Evans said, “I think original content inspires creative content. I think new stuff is what keeps the creative wheel rolling. I just believe there’s room at the table for all of it. It’s like saying a certain type of music isn’t music. Who are you to say that?”
Before Johansson and Evans, James Gunn, Joss Whedon, Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L Jackson and others from the Marvel side have defended the MCU movies.