Doctor Strange 2 star Elizabeth Olsen defends Marvel films against disparaging criticism


Elizabeth Olsen says she gets “a little feisty” when critics look down on Marvel films and TV shows, as she thinks it “takes away from the hundreds of very talented crew members” working on each project.

While promoting Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, she takes on the titular sorceress as her character, Wanda Maximoff. Olsen fully embraces her transformation into the Scarlet Witch, Olsen says she often gets frustrated when people make MCU outings “seem like a lesser kind of art.”

She told The Independent: “I’m not saying we do indie art films, but I think it takes something from our crew, which bugs me. They’re some of the most amazing set designers, costume designers, cinematographers — I feel like belittling them with that kind of criticism takes a toll on all of the people that make award-winning films that are also working on those projects.”

In the past, acclaimed filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese have spoken out against Marvel titles, comparing them to theme parks and claiming they are merely “prototypes that are remade over and over again to look different.” While Olsen hasn’t been shy about admitting that superhero films aren’t her first choice as a viewer, they’re opinions she has a hard time getting on board with.

“From an actor’s point of view, whatever, I get it; I totally understand that there is a different kind of performance,” she added. “But I think throwing Marvel under the bus takes away hundreds of very talented crew members. I’ll get a little resolute.”

Several MCU titles are now available to stream on Disney Plus. In Doctor Strange 2, which is currently in theaters, Olsen shares the screen with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Xochitl Gomez and Benedict Cumberbatch. To learn more about the film, check out some of our pieces below. Be careful though if you haven’t seen it yet as some of them contain spoilers…


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