“If it wasn’t for Marvel films, I don’t even know if theaters would exist,” Leto said in an interview with Variety. “It doesn’t seem like there’s room for everyone, and that starts to become a little heartbreaking.”
It is no secret that while superhero movies bring with them a massive fanbase, many big-name Hollywood directors have expressed their distaste for them, and the copious numbers of superhero films and series produced each year.
Heavy-hitting directors such as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese have accused MCU films of resembling theme park rides rather than actual cinema.
Independence Day director Roland Emmerich has also stated his belief that, between the MCU and
DCEU films, as well as all of the individual standalone superhero films, it has become increasingly difficult for a filmmaker to get an original idea for a movie greenlit. While these may indeed be true struggles, many others have come forward with opposing opinions.
In a recent interview with Variety, Leto has expressed that he believes films like Marvel’s are keeping cinema doors open. Leto has stated that if it weren’t for the constant superhero movies, he doesn’t “know if theatres would exist.” Leto is, of course, referring to the fact that theatres have recently been suffering financially from both the ever-growing streaming industry, as well as the recent global pandemic.
While Leto has confessed to be somewhat of a film-snob, he still extends immense gratitude to Marvel films for “keeping cinema alive. He says “If it wasn’t for Marvel films, I don’t even know if theaters would exist. I also have gratitude for these movies because they’re keeping cinema alive. I know how important that was for me as a kid… escaping to the movies. That cultural experience was quite informative and impactful. I saw movies in theaters that changed my life.”
At the end of the day, Leto certainly makes a great point. These last few years have been a massive struggle for cinemas everywhere, and it is very likely that if it weren’t for the likes of the MCU and DCEU, this would be an experience that would have already disappeared. It is, of course, true that cinemas have become quite oversaturated with superhero films, which has left moviegoers who aren’t fans of the genre somewhat alienated from the theater.
However, perhaps theater can come back in small steps. For example, Leto has promised that Morbius will not be like other superhero films, and tells a story that even a self-professed film-snob can get behind.