Elizabeth Olsen Weighs In on Marvel Debate, Says Criticism "Takes Away from Our Crew"

She also says that "Marvel movie magic is lost on me"

BY Allie GregoryPublished May 10, 2022

A whole pandemic has taken place since Martin Scorsese delivered the fateful declaration that movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are "not cinema," and while we're still debating the notion as if any individual weighing in on the debate has any authority over the matter, WandaVision star and sister to the Olsen twins, Elizabeth Olsen, was thrown her hat into the ring.

Speaking with The Independent, the younger Olsen revealed that while "the Marvel movie magic is lost on me now" and that she gets her "kicks elsewhere," she finds the whole debate about MCU films as a "lesser type of art" offensive to film crews.

"I'm not saying we're making indie art films, but I just think it takes away from our crew, which bugs me," she said. "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."

Though Olsen did not definitively state whether she belongs to the cinema or not-cinema camp, she went on to fiercely defend workers behind the scenes.

"From an actor's point of view, whatever, I get it," she continued. "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."

For those keeping score, the debate first got its legs back in 2019 when Scorsese dropped a bomb of an MCU burn following the release of that same year's Avengers: Endgame. He compared the movies to theme parks, saying: "It isn't the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being."

James Gunn, Robert Downey Jr., Francis Ford Coppola, Jon Favreau, Benedict Cumberbatch and countless more would go on to add their two cents, and two-and-half-years later, we're still talking arguing about it.  

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