Chris Hemsworth Reacts to Scorsese and Coppola's Marvel Critique

Chris Hemsworth discusses cinema's evolution amid digital challenges.

by Nouman Rasool
Chris Hemsworth Reacts to Scorsese and Coppola's Marvel Critique
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Chris Hemsworth let his views be known on the vitriol against Marvel movies, put forth by such respectable directors as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, in a candid interview with The Times of London. The "Thor" star, however, defended the superhero genre against what he described as overly scathing negativity being thrown at it, particularly disturbing if it is coming from filmmakers he admires.

"From heroes like Scorsese and Coppola, you wouldn't expect such harsh criticism," Hemsworth remarked. "Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but dismissing an entire genre feels excessive. It’s frustrating hearing such criticism from filmmakers who've also experienced missteps in their careers." Scorsese first said as much in 2019 when he explained to Empire magazine that the Marvel films are "not cinema" but actually "theme parks." The comments ignited a worldwide argument over the creative legitimacy of superhero movies.

Coppola chimed in, asserting that these movies are the same thing repeated and questioning what they add to cinema.

Superhero Films' Vital Role

"However, as Hemsworth said, it was superhero movies that really helped cinema keep its footing in those difficult transitional periods, marked by the appearance of smartphones and social media.

Audiences were going to see superhero films even as viewing habits were changing." Addressing the potential impact on his career, Hemsworth also shared insights into his reluctance to be pigeonholed by his iconic role as Thor.

"Returning to such roles comes with the challenge of reinventing the character and the narrative. It's about finding new ground to explore within the confines of such established universes," he said. Hemsworth's latest role in the prequel to "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Furiosa," has him entering different, more challenging cinematic territories.

He said he was grateful for the parts that actually took him out of his comfort zone, had him try new things, and basically reflected that he had done much to keep on growing as an actor other than his superhero shoes. With each comment, Hemsworth will only add epic fissure to the debate about whether superhero films are truly art.

The debate is likely to proceed further when "Furiosa" premieres at the Cannes Film Festival alongside Coppola's "Megalopolis."

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