Jennifer Aniston says Hollywood needs less Marvel movies

Jennifer Aniston, Marvel, The Morning Show

Now that legendary director Martin Scorsese is out as having likened Marvel movies to being nothing more than cinematic "theme parks," former FRIENDS star Jennifer Aniston has chosen to join Hollywood's latest and decidedly dreadful dogpile. 

Recently while speaking with Variety about her upcoming series for Apple Plus, THE MORNING SHOW, Aniston was asked about why she's chosen to return to television after being removed from the medium for more than a decade. It was then that Aniston revealed her frustration with Marvel movies, suggesting that the green screen spectacles are to blame for diminishing roles in Hollywood, overall.

"It wasn’t until the last couple of years when these streaming services were just sort of exploding with this amount of quality that I actually started to think, “Wow, that’s better than what I just did.” And then you’re seeing what’s available out there and it’s just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it’s big Marvel movies. Or things that I’m not just asked to do or really that interested in living in a green screen."

While Aniston's comments about Marvel movies could easily be taken out of context, it appears that she too is displeased with the amount of attention the superhero genre has received within the past decade or so. After all, Marvel movies and things of the like are literally making billions at the box office, while some more traditional releases are having to fight tooth and nail just to break even on production costs.

Rather than point the finger at Marvel and peace out, Aniston shared that she'd like to roll the clock back a bit with regard to theater-going experiences.

"I think we would so love to have the era of Meg Ryan come back. I just think it would be nice to go into a movie theater, sit cozy. I think we should have a resurgence. Let’s get the “Terms of Endearment” back out there. You know, “Heaven Can Wait,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Goodbye Girl.”

Yeah, I don't know if returning to the "Meg Ryan era" of filmmaking is the way to go, but I think I get what Aniston is trying to say. The fact remains that Marvel films have grown to dominate the "blockbuster" market, and with the studio planning so many films over the next several years, it's difficult to predict if and when interest in the genre will peter out. I think there will always be a place for films outside of the superhero genre, though I'm fairly certain that the golden age of romantic comedies and tear-jerking dramas is past … at least for the time being. 

Source: Variety

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.