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Jodie Foster Says Superhero Movies Are a “Phase That’s Lasted a Little Too Long”

Add Jodie Foster to the list of celebrities who are not the biggest fans of superhero movies.

In an interview for one of Elle magazine‘s Women in Hollywood December/January issue, the Oscar-winning actress explained that she feels like Marvel and DC movies are “a phase.”

“It’s a phase that’s lasted a little too long for me, but it’s a phase, and I’ve seen so many different phases,” she told the publication. “Hopefully, people will be sick of it soon. The good ones — like Iron Man, Black Panther, The Matrix — I marvel at those movies, and I’m swept up in the entertainment of it.”

She continued, “But that’s not why I became an actor. And those movies don’t change my life. Hopefully, there’ll be room for everything else.”

The True Detective star isn’t the first person in Hollywood to speak out against superhero movies. Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and John Woo have all made comments over the years about how the films aren’t real cinema.

Scorsese received lots of pushback for his comments comparing superhero movies to theme parks. “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being,” he said to Empire in 2019.

On the other hand, Christopher Nolan recently shared that he felt franchises were key to a “healthy” Hollywood because they pay for other types of films to be made and distributed.

Elsewhere in the profile, Foster — who is currently receiving Oscar buzz for her supporting role in Nyad opposite Annette Bening — told the magazine she would like to work with The Daniels one day because Everything Everywhere All at Once is perhaps her favorite movie of all time.

She explained the best picture winner is a movie she would watch again and again whenever she felt depressed or sad, and how it helped her connect with her two sons.

“I first saw it with one of my sons, and we held hands and pinched each other and cried for 45 minutes afterward,” she said. “And then I saw it with my other son a week later, and it just opened a portal of connection and understanding and hope. He started telling me everything from his high school that he’d never told me, and we were walking in the rain crying and opening up. And I was like, ‘This is what film can do.’”

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