Earlier today, Simon Pegg became public enemy no. 1 with superhero nerds, comic-con enthusiasts, and basement-dwelling types after the Radio Times (via Daily Mail) published an interview with him where he took a giant radioactive dump on the superhero film industry. Simon, who you may remember as Scotty in those Star Trek reboots, claimed that society has been “infantilised” by our taste because we’re “essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes.” He went on to add:
“It is a kind of dumbing down in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about…whatever. Now we’re walking out of the cinema really not thinking about anything, other than the fact that the Hulk just had a fight with a robot.”
Well, I guess Simon was tired of watching his inbox slowly get crushed to death by the weight of all the angry superhero movie fan emails, because he typed up an long-ass explanation and posted it to his website. Simon, who considers himself a pretty big nerd, wants you to know he didn’t mean that all superhero movies are dumbing us down, just some of them.
“The ‘dumbing down’ comment came off as a huge generalisation by an A-grade asshorn. I did not mean that science fiction or fantasy are dumb, far from it…The point of all this is just to get my position clear. I’m not out of the fold, my passions and preoccupations remain. Sometimes it’s good to look at the state of the union and make sure we’re getting the best we can get.”
“I’d like to know more about this A-grade asshorn, specifically where I can purchase one” thought every desperate horny slut reading Simon Pegg’s apology (don’t worry, I’ll let you know once I’m done searching the internet for it).
Even though what Simon says makes sense, Hollywood will never listen. Even the dumbest of superhero movies will still make a ton of money, so no matter how hard you holler about it, Hollywood will always be like “Sorry, you’ll have to speak up – I can’t hear you over the sound of all these dollar signs.”
Speaking of the Hulk fighting a robot, here’s Chris Evans as Captain America fighting what appears to be a robot during the filming of Captain America: Civil War.