‘Avengers’ star warns actors not to sign multi-movie deals with Marvel
Elizabeth Olsen has some advice for actors thinking about signing long-term with Marvel.
‘Avengers’ star Elizabeth Olsen has warned Hollywood actors not to sign multi-movie deals with production giant Marvel Studios. Instead, Olsen advises to “just give them one”.
The actress, who is the younger sister of ‘Full House’ twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, is doing her promotional rounds for the series ‘Love & Death’.
Appearing on an episode of the ‘Happy Sad Confused’ podcast, Olsen told host Josh Horowitz how her experience with Marvel led to the conclusion.
“Just give them one — that’s what I say,” the 34-year-old actress advised, explaining that if they sign one movie at a time they have more creative control the second time around, whereas a multi-deal contract locks them into a certain mold.
“[It] takes away from the talented crew,” she added.
What’s wrong with multi-movie deals with Marvel?
According to Olsen, if an actor demonstrates they love playing their character, they have more leverage with creative control.
“Let’s say you’re like,” Olsen illustrated, “‘This was the most fun I’ve ever had, and I love this character so much I want to do it again,’ you now have more creative control for the next one.”
“Don’t tell [David] Galluzzi that,” she laughed, mentioning Marvel’s business affairs executive.
In June 2022, Olsen told Jimmy Fallon on ‘The Tonight Show’ that she had been locked into a complicated contract — one that prevented her from accepting other roles in the industry.
Even so, Olsen said she might come back to reprise her role in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ as Wanda Maximoff, but she didn’t know where she stood with the company.
“I don’t know, I should come back,” she said. “But I don’t know. I want fans to be so aggressive and terrify [Marvel] into doing it or something.”
“I mean, that’s not a good way to do anything, actually, I really take that back. No one needs to use force,” Olsen said, backtracking on her joke. “I hope so. They don’t tell me anything about my fate. I would love to do more.”
A month earlier, Olsen told The New York Times that Marvel imposed restrictions on other acting opportunities.
“It took me away from the physical ability to do certain jobs that I thought were more aligned with the things I enjoyed as an audience member,” she said. “And this is me being the most honest.”
“I started to feel frustrated,” she continued. “I had this job security but I was losing these pieces that I felt were more part of my being. And the further I got away from that, the less I became considered for it.”