Actors Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson have opened up about the ongoing debate over the Marvel brand of superhero films, which started after Hollywood auteur Martin Scorsese criticised the genre saying these films shouldn't be considered as cinema. Although Evans and Johansson did not mention Scorsese's name, they alluded to the filmmaker's recent argument saying that such notions were old-fashioned, disappointing and sad.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Evans plays Captain America and Johansson is seen as Black Widow.
"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'. 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," variety.com quoted Johansson as saying.
"They said, 'I think what these people are saying is that at the actual theatre, there's not a lot of room for different kinds of movies, or smaller movies, because the theatre is taken up by huge blockbusters'. It made me think about how people consume content now, and how there's been this huge sea change with their viewing experience," added the actress, who will soon be seen in standalone "Black Widow" film. To this, Evans added: "I think original content inspires creative content. I think the 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?" Chris Evans and Johansson starred together in "Avengers: Endgame," which has become the highest-grossing movie of all time. (IANS)
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