Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o Talks About The Debate About Whether Marvel Movies Constitute Real Cinema And Art
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been growing bigger and bigger for years now and after the universe reached one of its highest points with Avengers: Endgame, one of the most legendary filmmakers in the industry started a curious debate. Martin Scorsese spoke about Marvel films following the release of Avengers: Endgame and while he praised their success he said the movies were not real cinema and he proceeded to compare them to theme park rides.
This split cinema lovers into 2 factions and started a conversation regarding the validity of Marvel movies as authentic art. Many important people in the film industry have shared their thoughts on the discussion and the latest to do so is Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong’o who plays the character of Nakia in the film.
While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Lupita Nyong’o shared her thoughts in the following words:
“It becomes a philosophical question about what is art and what is its purpose. I believe that art plays a role in moving the people that experience it, and a lot of people are moved by Marvel. Is you being moved by this thing less important than me being moved by Picasso? I think to be culturally prosperous, to be artistically prosperous as a people, is to have options. In Kenya, sugar was sugar, it was brown or it was white. You come to the [United States], and a whole section in the supermarket is dedicated to sugars. So many different sugars. That is a symbol of prosperity, when you have options. So I personally love a good Marvel movie, but it doesn’t take me away from really wanting the little character-driven film. I believe in the fight for those things to be kept alive because the one thing we always want, the ultimate privilege, is choice.”
The debate continues while the Marvel universe also continues to grow and take over a greater and greater section of the film industry.
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