Published 17:17 IST, May 14th 2024

Chris Hemsworth Slams Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino For Criticising Superhero Films

Chris Hemsworth, known for playing Thor in multiple MCU movies, said he has been a fan of the filmmakers due to the extensive nature of their filmography.

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Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth says the criticism of Marvel superhero movies by cinema giants like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino came across as "harsh" and an "eye-roll" to him. Scorsese had made headlines in 2019 when he had branded the superhero films as "theme park experience" and "not cinema". Coppola later went a step further and called superhero movies "despicable". Tarantino claimed that Marvel-ization of Hollywood made movie stars obsolete. 

Chris Hemsworth hits back at Scorsese and Coppola 

Hemsworth, known for playing the fan-favourite superhero Thor in multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, said he has been a fan of these filmmakers due to the extensive nature of their filmography. “It felt harsh, and it bothers me, especially from heroes. It was an eye-roll for me, people bashing the superhero space. Those guys had films that didn’t work too — we all have. When they talked about what was wrong with superheroes, I thought, cool, tell that to the billions who watch them. Were they all wrong?" the Australian actor told UK news outlet The Times of London.

Quentin Tarantino, Chris Hemsworth and Martin Scorsese


On Scorsese's contention that superhero movies had an adverse impact on mid-budget and indie cinema, Hemsworth offered a counterpoint. "Cinema-going did not change because of superheroes, but because of smartphones and social media. Superhero films actually kept people in the cinemas during that transition and now people are coming back. So they deserve a little more appreciation," he said.


Chris Hemsworth lambasts Marvel actors 

Hemsworth also addressed the criticism of superhero movies by actors who appeared in the MCU. Though he did not name any names, his comments were seemingly aimed at his Thor: Love and Thunder co-star Christian Bale, who had once complained that acting in front of a green screen was a “monotony”. Another co-star of Hemsworth, Idris Elba, had said it was “torture” filming a Marvel film.

Chris Hemsworth and Christian Bale



"It’s, like, ‘They’re films that are successful — put me in one. Oh, mine didn’t work? I’ll bash them.' Look, I grew up on a soap opera. And it used to bother me when actors would later talk about the show with guilt or shame. Humility goes a long way,” he said. Hemsworth, who has appeared as Thor in eight MCU movies, said if he ever played the superhero on the screen again, he would try to do something different.

17:17 IST, May 14th 2024