We cannot deny that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is the most important franchise in the current film industry. But every success also brings with it some negative aspects. In recent years, the MCU has received all kinds of attacks. Acclaimed directors have reviled him and consider that his productions are not true cinema, while some viewers have also gone against him due to the drop in quality of his latest productions. Is now Lupita Nyong´oone of its main stars, the one who comes out to defend Marvel.
In an interview for The Hollywood Reporter, Nyong’o was questioned about whether she considered that Marvel productions affected the industry. This was her response:
“It becomes a philosophical question about what is art and what is its purpose. I think art plays a big role in moving the people who experience it, and a lot of people have been moved by Marvel. That you feel moved by this is less important than if I am moved by Picasso?
Nyong’o is currently one of the most beloved actresses in the industry. After winning an Oscar for 12 years slavethe actress of Mexican descent landed characters in important productions such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, mainly, Black Panther. Nakia, the character she plays in the latter, will return to screens in just under three weeks, when Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere in theaters.
“I think that being prosperous culturally, being prosperous artistically as a people, is having options. In Kenya, sugar was sugar, it was brown or white. You come to the United States and an entire section of the supermarket is dedicated to sugars. So many different sugars. That is a symbol of prosperity when you have options. So personally, I love a good Marvel movie, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a small character-driven movie. I believe in fighting to keep those things alive, because the only thing we always want, the ultimate privilege, is to choose.”
In a nutshell, Nyong’o considers the public to be lucky because they can choose between seeing productions such as Avengers: Endgame and other small tapes of important directors. Just check the current Mexican billboard, for example. In the same cinematographic complex we find great blockbusters, horror movies, national productions or romantic comedies with an old-fashioned feel. At the end of the day, it’s up to the viewer to decide what kind of story they want to be moved by, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Do you agree with the defense of Lupita Nyong’oa Marvel? Do you think any block buster of that type really deserves to be considered “cinema”?
John Joseph Cruz I am one of those who always defended Robert Pattinson as Batman and can see the same movie in the cinema up to 7 times. My guilty pleasure? Low budget horror movies.