How to answer the superhero question


It seems like every actor, director and writer at some point is asked what they think about the spread of Marvel and other superhero movies, and the answers are usually not good, even if you do not like superhero movies. Marc Maron loves to throw them, even as he appears in them; The hostile opinions of Ridley Scotts, Francis Ford Coppolas and Martin Scorsese are well known; and Denis Villeneuve believes that “cut and paste” Marvel movies have “turned us into zombies.”

I like (but do not love) Marvel movies, but I also like Ridley Scott, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Denis Villeneuve. There is definitely a more nuanced way to approach superhero movies. The question of superhero movies certainly does not have to be binary. Surely, someone can answer the question intelligently while acknowledging both the entertainment value and the cultural dangers of superhero movies.

The actor who came up with the most thoughtful approach to this issue is certainly none other than Stellan Skarsgård, father of eight, respected and honored film actor and Emmy-nominated, and… participant in superhero film. From The Guardian:

I have nothing against superhero movies. I’ve been to a couple and they definitely have a place. The problem is that the system that allows eight people to own half the world’s wealth increases the power of market forces, so small and independent cinemas rarely exist more outside a few big cities. There are no distribution channels for all mid-budget films that have the best actors, the best writing, because they can not throw up $ 3 million for a marketing campaign. When the cinemas close them in, they do it for a week, and if it does not pay off in a week, they are gone.

I think we should have Marvel movies and more roller coaster movies. We should have other movies too. And that’s the sad thing: When raw market forces come in, studios start to be run by companies that do not care if they trade in film or toothpaste, as long as they get their 10% [return]. When AT&T took over Time Warner, it immediately told HBO to become easier and more commercial. They always made money. But not enough for an investor.

Exactly. Vaccines are good! Big Pharma is not. Algorithms can be useful, but they can also level out our culture. We should have the freedom to express our opinions, but we should also have the freedom to use market forces to reject opinions that are bigotte. Both siderism is bad, but nuance is good!

Source: The Guardian via Matthew Lucas

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