Ever since the premiere of the new Marvel movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 6, critics and viewers have been focusing on actress Elizabeth Olsen and her performance in the film. Even though reviews about the new Marvel have revealed that there are some unnerving surprises in store for viewers as they had to theaters, praise for Elizabeth Olsen and her acting in her role as Wanda Maximoff (opposite Benedict Cumberbatch) has been consistent — but not everyone thinks that Marvel movies are worthwhile as a whole, and Olsen has a strong response to those naysayers!
Elizabeth Olsen has previously received high praise for her portrayal of Wanda Maximoff (and the Scarlet Witch) in the Marvel show WandaVision, including a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination, but some directors view Marvel movies as low-quality blockbuster fluff without substance regardless of the individual actors’ performances in them.
Martin Scorsese apparently called Marvel Cinematic Universe movies a spectacle that is “closer to theme parks” than film, and director Francis Ford Coppola said that Marvel movies are “prototypes made over and over and over again to look different”. It’s that kind of dismissal of Marvel movies (the kind that makes “them seem like a lesser type of art”, Olsen says) that apparently causes Elizabeth Olsen (a famously good-natured person) to “get a little feisty”.
“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 in a recent interview. “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,” she clarified. “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.”
Do you like Marvel movies like the new Doctor Strange sequel and see them as dramatic films (especially after Olsen’s emotionally-traumatic performance), or do you think of them as blockbusters without substance?