‘Doctor Strange’ Actress Elizabeth Olsen Defends Marvel Movies Against Critics: ‘I Get a Little Feisty’

“I’m not saying we’re making indie art films, but I just think it takes away from our crew, which bugs me.”

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Elizabeth Olsen is defending the honor of her beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Olsen, 33 — who has played Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, since 2014 — explained why she’ s such a fierce defender of the MCU against a growing number of industry critics in an interview with The Independent.

The Wandavision and Doctor Strange star is the latest A-list Marvel actor to push back against Marvel bashers–including legendary directors Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Ridley Scott–who suggest that the MCU is churning out repetitive, superhero-filled dreck that now dominates the movie industry, often at the expense of more creative film projects.

“I’m not saying we’re making indie art films, but I just think it takes away from our crew, which bugs me,” Olsen said.

“These are some of the most amazing set designers, costume designers, camera operators – I feel diminishing them with that kind of criticism takes away from all the people who do award-winning films, that also work on these projects.”

Olsen says she gets that Marvel makes a certain type of movie for a broad audience, but believes that the craftsmanship behind the big-budget superhero films is something to be admired.

“From an actor’s point of view, whatever, I get it; I totally understand that there’s a different kind of performance that’s happening,” she said. “But I do think throwing Marvel under the bus takes away from the hundreds of very talented crew people. That’s where I get a little feisty about that.”

“I only signed on to do a couple movies, so it continues to be a surprise when they want to use me for more projects,” she said. “I’ve been confused by how lucky I got with them wanting to make ‘WandaVision.’”

Olsen added that she’s happy to keep churning out lucrative Marvel movies, so long as the films have a consistent level of quality.

“I don’t know how big the plans actually are, but I’m down for anything as long as there’s a good idea attached to it.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters. Check out the official trailer above.