The MCU is undoubtedly one of the biggest box office franchises right now, but there are some people who are actively avoiding the Marvel brand like Martin Scorsese. What’s interesting is, action star Jason Statham has revealed back then that he’s also unimpressed with the movies, and it has something to do with the authenticity of the action.
In some archive footage from Italian site I 400 Calci, Statham explains:
“A lot of the modern action movies I see—Marvel Comic sort of things—I think it’s just a little, any guy can do it. I have no ambition—I could take my grandma and put her in a cape and they’ll put her on a green screen and they’ll have stunt doubles come in and do all the action. Anybody can do it.”
Statham also says that the action doesn’t feel ‘authentic’ to him, and he’s more inspired by ‘old, real’ stars who would do all their own action scenes—pretty much like Statham himself.
Seeing as it's been a while since the clip, it's possible that Statham could have had a change of heart. If anything, I think it's fun that Statham should bash on the films before it was 'cool', Take that, Scorsese.
Personally, I don’t like to hate on anyone needing stunt people for their films. I mean, sure there are some actors who can do those scenes, but that’s just taking away jobs for stunt people who have trained to do the job properly and safely. I have no qualms with Statham doing his own stunts since that’s part of his action hero brand, but I have to disagree when it comes to his considering Marvel films ‘less authentic’ action because they hire stunt people.
For some authentic/inauthentic MCU action, catch Black Widow when it hits theaters this Nov. 6.