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Nicolas Cage Responds To MCU & Superhero Movie Criticism

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Nicolas Cage has responded to the criticism given to Marvel films by well-known filmmakers. Cage is an actor who is known for taking roles in what seems to be nearly every film offered to him. Over the course of his career, he has appeared in so many different films of varying genres and qualities, that it's nearly impossible to nail down the actor's brand. In fact, in Cage's upcoming movie The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, the actor plays a cash-strapped version of himself who gets paid to make an appearance at a billionaire super-fan's birthday party which quickly goes downhill. Naturally, with a career as wide-ranging as Cage's, he has also appeared in a superhero movie or two. Cage's most notable superhero appearance was in 2007's Ghost Rider and its sequel.

With the massive success of the MCU and the DCEU as well as the many Marvel and DC films that take place outside of their respective universes, superhero movies are among the most successful and bankable projects for studios to produce. Despite their massive fanbase, they are not immune to criticism. Many legendary filmmakers have come forward to express their distaste for the genre. Both Francis Ford Coppola (who happens to be Cage's uncle) and Martin Scorsese have expressed how they find the modern superhero film to be more akin to a theme park ride than actual cinema. Independence Day director Roland Emmerich has also spoken negatively about the genre, expressing how it is almost impossible for a filmmaker to get a project greenlit these days if it is not a sequel to a superhero film.

In a recent interview with THR to discuss The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Cage was asked about his opinion on the MCU's success and the superhero genre in general. Contrary to filmmakers like Scorsese, Cage has nothing but good things to say about comic book films as a noted comic book fan himself. Cage describes the stories that these movies are telling as "colorful and entertaining" as well as "wholesome in a really positive way." Cage makes it quite clear that he doesn't understand why the films get so much criticism as he sees "great value in that they’re bringing happiness to people."

This doesn't come as much of a surprise from Cage, as the actor has long been open about being a fan of comic books. However, Cage is not the only actor to put this idea forward. MCU actor Samuel L. Jackson has also responded to the criticism by echoing the same sentiment as Cage. Both actors agree that movies are for everyone and audience members are allowed to enjoy both auteur films such as The Godfather as well as action-packed adventures like those in the MCU - neither diminishes the other.

Cage's response is well warranted, as he has made a career off of appearing in films that he has found interesting no matter the genre. No one knows more than Cage that there is a wide range of movie tastes out there, and each should be respected. While there can be no doubt that directors like Coppola and Scorsese have made some brilliant films in their careers, perhaps that does not give them the right to criticize audiences for also enjoying something different. As for Cage, he will likely continue to make movies for everyone, and he can be caught next in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent which releases on April 22.

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