Mark Ruffalo defends the MCU from criticisms of over-saturation by comparing their variety favorably over that of Star Wars.
Although Marvel Studios’ films and TV series have been perhaps the most culturally dominant force in popular geek culture in the last few years, it is not without its share of critics. One of the most common criticisms against the franchise is that although there is a diverse array of characters, much of the stories follow a distinct formula with very little variety. However, Mark Ruffalo seems to disagree with this take, and believes that compared to Star Wars, the MCU has more to offer.
Mark Ruffalo finds Star Wars lacking in variety.
While speaking with Metro promoting the upcoming series She-Hulk, Mark Ruffalo was asked about whether or not he agrees with the criticism that the MCU is over-saturating the market with all of their films and TV series. Ruffalo defended the franchise, claiming that it offers a variety while Star Wars does not:
“It’s not something I worry about. I understand that these things run their course and then something else comes along. But the thing Marvel has done well is that, inside the MCU, just as they do with comic books, they let a director or an actor sort of recreate each piece to their own style, their likeness.
Marvel generally lets them bring that to the material. If you watch a Star Wars, you’re pretty much going to get the same version of Star Wars each time.
It might have a little bit of humour. It might have a little bit of different animation. But you’re always, really, in that same kind of world. But with Marvel you can have a whole different feeling even within the Marvel Universe.”
While Mark Ruffalo is entitled to his opinion on the Star Wars franchise, to say that it offers less of a variety of stories is a bit off base. While the franchise, particularly the Skywalker Saga, is known to make callbacks, films such as Rogue One, Solo, and even the polarizing The Last Jedi have showcased different styles that fit within the universe that George Lucas created. Also, new series such as The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are an exploration of different parts of the galaxy that go beyond just a bunch of space wizards fighting with laser swords. Meanwhile, one can easily criticize the MCU for much of their projects feeling quite formulaic.
Mark Ruffalo reprises his role as Bruce Banner/Hulk in the upcoming MCU series She-Hulk. Here is the synopsis:
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follows Jennifer Walters as she navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk.”
Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk: Attorney at Law stars Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, Benedict Wong, Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
She-Hulk premieres on Disney Plus on August 18th. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, and the Star Wars universe, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.