Less than a week after Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese made controversial statements denouncing Marvel Studios' films as "theme parks" instead of cinema, Jennifer Aniston is also weighing in with some negative opinions about Marvel's films.
The former Friends star, who has gone on to a long career in films since the popular sitcom went off the air 15 years ago, blamed the success of Marvel's films as diminishing the amount of good dramatic roles out there for actors.
Aniston is set to star in the upcoming Apple Plus streaming television series, The Morning Show, with Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell, about a longtime morning show anchor who is forced to deal with an uncertain new world when her longtime anchor partner is fired after allegations of sexual misconduct.
She was interviewed by Variety to promote the new series and when she was asked about why she was returning to television after more than a decade, she explained that one of the reasons was the boom in streaming services and the striking increase in quality on said services. However, another reason was because "And then you’re seeing what’s available out there and it’s just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it’s big Marvel movies. Or things that I’m not just asked to do or really that interested in living in a green screen."
Aniston is repeating a general concern that many in the film industry have been expressing for a number of years now. As the major studios dwindle in number (especially with Disney's purchase of Fox), the amount of mid-level studio films are also going down. The biggest bang for the studio buck these days is to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a big superhero movie that then makes a billion dollars instead of spending $30 million on a move that might make back $60 million, if they're lucky.
Aniston even specifies that it is the mid-level studio film that she is really nostalgic for, noting:
I think we would so love to have the era of Meg Ryan come back. I just think it would be nice to go into a movie theater, sit cozy. I think we should have a resurgence. Let’s get the “Terms of Endearment” back out there. You know, “Heaven Can Wait,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Goodbye Girl.”
Now, movies like those films certainly exist still, but they are more and more relegated to very small budget films. The "middle class" of the film industry is becoming practically non-existent and television streaming series are stepping in to fill that void. Aniston, then, is using "Marvel films" as a stand-in for "big budget blockbusters," but at the same time, she is specifically decrying Marvel films, whether that was her intent or not.