Two of Marvel's biggest stars, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, have shared their opinions on the statements made by The Irishman director Martin Scorsese in which he compared Marvel films to "theme parks."
Johansson explained that she heard from several people 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," she said before noting that someone explained to her that the directors who made the comments were likely concerned about how big blockbuster films were dominating theaters, making it harder for smaller films to have a chance. "It made me think about how people consume content now, and how there’s been this huge sea change with their viewing experience."
Evans was blunter in his response, saying, "I think original content inspires creative content. I think 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?"
Neither Evans nor Johnasson mentioned Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola by name.
Both Evans and Johannson last appeared together onscreen in Avengers: Endgame. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film also stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.