Lupita Nyong’o Is The Latest Marvel Star To Defend The MCU

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been getting a lot of criticism lately. This leads to the stars and others behind the movies doing their best to defend them. Lupita Nyong’o is the latest Marvel star to defend the MCU but she will probably not be the last.

Yet why is there such criticism? And what did Nyong’o have to say about it? Find out, ahead.

Lupita Nyong'o of Marvel's Black Panther
Lupita Nyong’o at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BAFTA LA

What is the criticism about the Marvel movies?

Some famous directors have now become famous for yet another reason: criticizing Marvel movies. Martin Scorcese famously said that Marvel’s productions are “not cinema” and compared the movies to theme parks. His comments seem to have started a trend in the entertainment industry, as Francis Ford Coppola then called the movies “despicable.”

Ken Loach also got involved, calling Marvel movies “commodities like hamburgers.” So clearly many people have a problem with Marvel movies. Yet why is there such criticism? It’s possible that the directors may have a bit of a point, yet the fans and those defending Marvel also have a point.

Why so much criticism for Marvel?

We’re not entirely sure, of course, yet we can speculate. Scorcese, according to what the director himself said, seems to think that other directors, those uninterested in directing comic book movies, will be left out. Perhaps other directors feel the same about the Marvel movies.

It’s also a possibility that the genre isn’t to everyone’s taste. While Marvel fans may not fully understand that, it is still possible to respect it. In the end, part of the beauty of movies is that there’s something for everyone. So while some like Marvel and other similar fare, others prefer more of a psychological drama.

In the end, there’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone has different tastes. Yet perhaps some fans and other Marvel defenders do have a point when responding to Scorcese and others who are criticizing the movies. Including Lupita Nyong’o from Black Panther, who is the latest star to defend Marvel.

What did Marvel star Lupita Nyong’o have to say to defend the MCU?

When asked about the criticism, Nyong’o said “[she believes] that it’s possible to be both a popular film and a meaningful film and [she thinks] Black Panther showed that.’ Many fans would likely agree with her. Many would argue that Black Panther is more than just a movie.

The story was not only a good one, it was arguably one of the best. Especially for Marvel. The movie was also important for many reasons as it allowed many fans to see themselves represented, perhaps for the first time in a Marvel movie. Representation in the media does matter, especially to groups of people that are not often represented.

And if Marvel movies can give the feeling of being represented to different people, those behind them must be doing something right. So, therefore, it makes sense for Nyong’o and others to defend the MCU. Especially since many fans can feel less alone while watching the movies. Though Marvel may not be perfect, and the directors may have a point to some degree, it is still true that the MCU has affected many fans’ lives.