Chris Hemsworth (40) was apparently very affected by the criticism of the Marvel films voiced by director legends Francis Ford Coppola (85) and Martin Scorsese (81). Scorsese once described superhero films as “not cinema”. Coppola called the films “disgusting.”

“It felt hard,” Hemsworth said in an interview with the Times. “And it annoys me,” especially since the criticism comes from “heroes.” He added that he rolled his eyes when people badmouthed the superhero world: “These people also had movies that didn’t work – we all have. When they talked about what’s wrong with superheroes, I thought, cool, tell that to the billions who watch these movies. Were they all wrong?”

Hemsworth continued, “Moviegoing has changed not because of superheroes, but because of smartphones and social media.” Superhero films have “kept people in theaters during this transition,” he said. “And now people are coming back. So they deserve a little more appreciation.”

The Australian actor also spoke about colleagues who appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and later criticized the films. After they really wanted to be part of the successful franchise, Hemsworth suspects, the stars then thought: “Oh, mine didn’t work? I’m going to badmouth them.” He grew up in a soap opera. “And it always bothered me when actors later spoke about the series with feelings of guilt or shame. Humility goes a long way.”

Chris Hemsworth became known for his role as Kim Hyde in the Australian television series “Home and Away”, in which he appeared from 2004 to 2007. He then started his film career in Hollywood. In the MCU, Hemsworth played the lead role of Thor in the 2011 film of the same name and reprized it in several films, including the film “Thor: Love and Thunder” (2022), which made him one of the highest-paid actors in the world. Starting next week he will appear in “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” in cinemas.