Thor Star Matt Damon Faces Backlash for "Complaining" About Superhero Films

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The superhero genre has been part of cinema for decades but there's no denying that huge media franchises like the DC Extended Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have dominated the movie industry for well over a decade and the abundance of superhero and comic book-related projects only goes to show that the genre isn't going to show signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, Marvel and DC. will continue to rule the box office for the foreseeable future.

Obviously, not everyone is thrilled with the popularity of the said film genre and for years now, they've stressed that superhero films do more harm than good for cinema as a whole. One of the people concerned about the matter is actor Matt Damon and according to him, superhero films have undeniably changed the entire movie landscape and by the sound of his statement, he's quite unsure about the future of his craft.

In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, the Academy Award-winning actor who is set to star in Thor: Love and Thunder threw massive shade at the superhero film genre and pointed out that today's movie watchers have changed. He explains: "The way they watch is different to how we did. How can you watch a movie if you are texting? As someone who makes these things, I can't say I love that. Movies as we know them aren't going to be a thing in our kids' lives. And that makes me sad."

Following his controversial take on the rise of superhero films, Damon drew flak on social media from people who enjoy the said genre. Check out some of the reactions here:

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While I'm not saying that I agree with his sentiments 100%, I still think Damon raises a pretty valid argument. But the real question is, can you honestly blame audiences for choosing superhero films over other film genres? I mean, especially now that everyone is still trying to cope up with the COVID-19 pandemic, you can't fault fans and their desire for escapism. You also can't blame studios for riding the wave of momentum of superhero films because audiences continue to eat them up. At the end of the day, it's still business.

Meanwhile, Thor: Love and Thunder will hit cinemas in May 2022.

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