Actor Lupita Nyong’o weighs in in the heated debate over marvel Films and their impact on the quality of the film industry. The star originally started her career behind the camera and worked on several productions to feature Constant Gardner. Soon after graduating from Yale University, Nyong’o landed her breakthrough role as Patsy’s slave in the Steve McQueen saga. 12 years a slave, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to star in popular films such as The Queen of KatweAnd the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force AwakensAnd the Black Panther. Nyong’o is scheduled to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe next month Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Since the popularity of the MCU has risen significantly the following AvengersFilm community members discussed the art of blockbuster films and how they affect cinema quality. After the release of the highest entry in the MCU, Avengers: EndgameLegendary director Martin Scorsese said superhero movies weren’t real cinema and likened them to amusement parks. The director later clarified his comments, but the damage was already done as the controversy quickly spread throughout the media.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood ReporterIn this article, Nyong’o shares her thoughts on how Marvel superhero movies have impacted the industry. I found that if some media resonate with the public to generous degrees, then that media should be considered something important. Read what Nyong’o has to say below:
“It becomes a philosophical question about what art is and what its purpose is. I think art plays a role in moving the people who experience it, and it influences a lot of people by Marvel. Was I influenced by this less important thing? Who influenced me by Picasso?”
“I think to be culturally prosperous, to be artistically prosperous as a people, is to have choices. In Kenya, sugar was sugar, was it brown or white. I came to [United States]And an entire section in the supermarket is devoted to sugars. Lots of different sugars. This is a symbol of prosperity, when you have options. So personally I like a good Marvel movie, but it doesn’t take me away from really wanting the character-driven little movie. I believe in the struggle to keep these things alive because the only thing we’ve always wanted, absolute privilege, is choice.”
Is the MCU hurting the film industry?
Nyong’o recognizes the subjectivity of art and asserts that there are positives to be found in the cinema-goers’ choices. In the same year that Avengers: Endgame Grossing over $2 billion worldwide, Bong Joon-Ho released parasite, a character-driven thriller about a family of savages who stunned critics and audiences alike. It proved to be a relative success at the box office and also made history by taking home the Academy Award for Best Picture. In the superhero movie world, it’s also possible for smaller original films to succeed. However, controversy appears to have shifted from a focus on the quality of films to how massive box office returns have affected the type of films being released in theaters as studios become more wary of taking risks.
Scorsese recently made headlines with his comments once again, this time criticizing the industry’s obsession with box office numbers. Claiming that the affair began in the 1980s, the director asserts that today’s focus on money alone is detrimental to Hollywood. With the advent of live streaming, movies that might not return in big box office numbers are being dumped on streaming services, no matter their quality. With the way audiences view movies constantly changing, maybe people should take a cue from Nyong’o And embrace the diversity of options and find echo, be it marvel Character-driven indie korean thriller scene or films.
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