Elizabeth Olsen will fight to the proverbial death to defend her beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Olsen, 33, – who has portrayed Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlett Witch, in MCU since 2014 – told critics how passionate she is about the popular superhero franchise.
The actress told the Independent that she understands the negativity, but also slammed those who think comic book movies “appear like a lesser kind of art.”
“I’m not saying we’re doing indie art films, but I think it takes something from our crew, which annoys me,” she said.
“These are some of the most amazing set designers, costume designers, cinematographers — I feel like all the people who make award-winning films, who also work on those projects, dislike belittling them with that kind of criticism,” added Olsen .
Olsen made her MCU debut in 2014’s Captain America and the Winter Soldier in a post-credits scene. She most recently landed the role in last year’s Disney+ series WandaVision and this month in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.
She continued, “From an actor’s point of view, whatever, I get it; I totally understand that there is a different kind of performance that is happening.
“But I think throwing Marvel under the bus takes away hundreds of very talented crew members. I get a little resolute there,” Olsen continued.
The “Godzilla” star was only supposed to appear in two films and one cameo. “It’s always a surprise when they want to use me for more projects,” she remarked.
However, Olsen isn’t opposed to returning to the Marvel Universe in the future as long as “there’s a good idea involved.”
Renowned directors like Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese have thrashed the genre over the years. Scorsese told Empire Magazine in 2019 that he considers Marvel films to be “theme parks” and “not cinemas.” As for Scott, he simply told Deadline last year, “Your scripts aren’t just any damn good guy. They’re damn boring as s–t.”
The sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange follows Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who teams with teenage hero America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) to stop Wanda on her journey through multiple wild universes.
Directed by Sam Raimi, the two-hour film featured a series of stunning guest appearances by superhero actors from other parts of the Marvel Comics world.
The summer blockbuster grossed $185 million domestically in its opening weekend, the highest gross of any film released in the past five months.