Elizabeth Olsen will go to any length to defend her beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe. The 33-year-old actress who has played Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, in the MCU since 2014, defended the popular superhero franchise against critics.
The actress told the Independent that she understands the criticism, but she also slammed those who believe comic book films are “a lesser type of art.” “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,” Elizabeth added.
Elizabeth Olsen made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in a post-credits scene in 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” She most recently appeared in the Disney+ series “WandaVistion” last year and this month’s “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.”
The actress continued, “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.”
Elizabeth was actually supposed to appear in two movies and a cameo only. “It continues to be a surprise when they want to use me for more projects,” she noted. However, she isn’t opposed to coming back to the Marvel universe in the future as long as “there’s a good idea attached to it.”
Over the years, acclaimed directors such as Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese have slammed the genre. In 2019, Scorsese told Empire magazine that he sees Marvel films as “theme parks” rather than “cinema.” Scott simply told Deadline last year, “Their scripts are not any f–king good.” “They’re f–king dull as s–t.”
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