Scarlett Johansson Says She Initially Thought Martin Scorsese's Marvel Criticism Was 'Old-Fashioned'

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 05: Scarlett Johansson attends the 'Marriage Story' Los Angeles Premiere at the Directors Guild on November 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)
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Scarlett Johansson is trying to give Martin Scorsese the benefit of the doubt, despite her initial thoughts. reports that the Black Widow star recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for their drama actress roundtable. During the interview, the 34-year-old Golden Globe nominee was asked what she thought of Scorsese’s comments in which he said superhero films are not real cinema and compared them to theme parks.

Johansson replied:

"There's certainly a place for all kinds of cinema right now. People absorb content in so many different ways. I actually didn't totally understand that statement, because I guess I needed some insight as to what it meant exactly. Because to me it seemed a little old-fashioned. But somebody pointed out to me that perhaps what the statement meant was that there's no room for smaller films, because the cinema is taken up by these enormous blockbusters, and smaller movies don't have a chance at the theater, which I hadn't actually considered and think is a valid point."

Johansson has tons of experience on all sides of cinema. For instance, she has played Natasha Romanoff for Marvel for almost 10 years, while also this year starring in smaller films like Taika Waititi’s JoJo Rabbit, as well as in Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story alongside Adam Driver.

With this experience under her belt, she explained:

"But I also feel like there's sort of this shift in how people watch stuff and there's all these platforms for different kinds of [content]. Now there's movies and shows and art films and all kinds of stuff getting made that you can watch in all these different ways, and I just feel like it's changing. It doesn't mean it's going away."

Though the MCU fandom was furious at the iconic director’s harsh judgments, Johansson does give them a much more hopeful perspective.