|Jennifer Aniston shocked the entertainment world with her recent remark on Marvel movies /Photo by giole via 123rf|
It’s been 15 years since Jennifer Aniston signed off from her role as Rachel Green on “Friends,” wrote Ramin Setoodeh of American media company and entertainment news platform Variety. According to her interview with the media outlet, Aniston has received offers to star in other TV shows during those intervening years, but the actress decided not to sign up for any of them because she was “doing so many films at the time.” She never thought about feeling nostalgic or even compared her professional experience with “Friends.”
“If I was going to go back anywhere, that’s where I would want to go. Meaning, in my mind,” Aniston stated. In November, the actress will finally make a comeback on TV in Apple TV Plus drama “The Morning Show,” where she plays veteran anchor Alex Levy. While Aniston’s project looks promising and a welcome sight for her fans, there was something she did that pissed off Marvel fans, and for them, it wasn’t at all welcoming.
Aniston Reveals the Reason for Her Return
In the last couple of years, Aniston noticed that streaming services were booming “with this amount of quality.” She started thinking, “Wow, that’s better than what I just did.” Then, she saw what is available on streaming services—Marvel movies or films she hasn’t been “asked to do or encourage her to live in a green screen,” implying that those movies diminished the quality of films produced each year, as quoted by Danielle Zoellner of British middle-market newspaper Daily Mail.
This might be expected from her as Aniston’s film career has centered on green screen-free movies such as “Marley and Me,” “Horrible Bosses,” “Bruce Almighty,” and “We’re the Millers,” explained Katherine Webb of Cinema Blend, a go-to source for pop culture-related news.
Aniston’s Thoughts On Streaming Services and the Current State of Hollywood
Aniston acknowledged that the movie industry has changed drastically. In a report by Claudia Harmata of celebrity and human interest news site People, Aniston reminisced on some of her favorite movies from the ‘70s and ‘80s. In the same Variety interview, she said that people would love to “have the era of Meg Ryan come back.”
In that regard, she believed that there should be a resurgence of those times. That is, an era without Marvel movies. The superhero studio has released seven movies in the last two years, and it will put out six movies through 2021. Aniston exclaimed, “Let’s get the ‘Terms of Endearment’ back out there. You know, ‘Heaven Can Wait,’ ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘Goodbye Girl.’”
When asked if the new content added into streaming services is the Hollywood industry’s new future or simply just a phase, she responded with, “I don’t know.” Aniston did not see it coming, which explains her surprise at the current state of film and TV. Sure, streaming services like Apple TV Plus Drama granted her an opportunity to star in “The Morning Show.” Moreover, Aniston is also collaborating with Netflix to develop a sequel to “Murder Mystery,” a comedy that featured her and Adam Sandler.
However, she can’t help but be taken aback by the concept of streaming services. In fact, the term “streaming” sounded foreign to her. During the interview, she recalled asking for the definition of streaming, only for people to answer with, “It’s there all the time.” For Aniston, it’s sad because the era of tuning in at a certain time or having someone yell, “It’s back on!” is over.
Fans Defend the Marvel Franchise
Marvel fans criticized Aniston’s thoughts on Marvel and the current state of the film industry, specifically how the superhero franchise has allegedly diminished it. As expected, things turned ugly as commenters pointed out the movies Aniston “has starred in recently.” One wrote, “I can accept Martin Scorsese criticizing Marvel movies, but Jennifer Aniston saying they are ‘diminishing’ cinema...Really, sis? With your movie record. Lol.” The commenter then shared a list of Aniston’s movies, with the Rotten Tomato rating beside each title.
Another user mentioned how Scorsese, an Academy-award winning director, lambasted Marvel movies as not the “cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences” to another person, perceiving them as nothing but theme parks.
For the commenter, Scorsese’s criticism is justified considering his status in the industry. Unsurprisingly, he also faced backlash with his critique, but most people focused on Aniston’s remarks about Marvel. Netizens threw more savage insults toward the actress’s choice on the films she starred in. One said that Aniston’s highest-grossing movie was “Bruce Almighty,” an effects-laden film. Referencing “Murder Mystery,” another stated, “Jennifer Aniston says Marvel movies are ‘diminishing’ the movie experience, but the last movie I saw her in was a terrible Adam Sandler movie on Netflix so…”
|Fans of both sides commented their own defense /Photo by canadapanda via 123rf|
Others Agree with Aniston
On the other hand, there were those who agreed with Aniston. According to one user, Aniston could “do any Marvel character” but no MCU actor could play as Rachel Green. A number of moviegoers defended the star. To them, their film experience has declined because Marvel movies are capable of monopolizing the box office. A commenter asserted, “THAT's the point. Studios like Disney release MCU movies every month and crush the competition every time.”