"That's super depressing when I hear that," Chris told GQ in an interview published June 6 about the comments Oscar winning directors have made about the superhero franchise over the years. "There goes two of my heroes I won't work with. I guess they're not a fan of me."
Back in 2019, Martin compared Marvel movies to theme parks, telling Empire Magazine that he didn't consider the franchise to be cinema, explaining his position in a New York Times op-ed later that year.
And as for Quentin, the Once Upon a Time In Hollywood director gave his take on the "Marvel-ization of Hollywood" in on the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast in November 2022 in which he wondered whether Marvel actors could actually be considered movie stars, further noting that the films' popularity leaves "not really much room for anything else" in Hollywood.
As for how Chris sees it?
"I'm thankful that I have been a part of something that kept people in cinemas," he said. "Now whether or not those films were to the detriment of other films, I don't know.
In fact, the Extraction actor does not care for any comparison games.
"I don't love when we start scrutinizing each other when there's so much fragility in the business and in this space of the arts as it is," he explained. "I say that less to the directors who made those comments, who are all, by the way, still my heroes, and in a heartbeat I would leap to work with any of them. But I say it more to the broader opinion around that topic."
But learning to navigate criticism is something Chris says has been a learning curve for him.
"It's the biggest obstacle and something I had a lot of trouble with early in my career," he reflected. "There was so much pressure I put on myself, as to what I wanted to do and how good I wanted to be."
And after more than a decade in Hollywood, Chris has learned that the key is sometimes just being along for the journey.
"The only way to find the magic, or the really special moments, is just being okay with the fact that it might not work," he continued. "And that doesn't mean you don't care, I care about it more than anything. But you need to surrender to the process and realize that, ‘Look, I've done my part and the outcome to this is beyond my control.'"
As for his own family's opinions? It turns out everyone's a critic.
Chris revealed that his and wife Elsa Patacky's three children—daughter India Rose, 11, and 9-year-old twin boys Sasha and Tristan—have their own opinions about their father's movies, as do their friends.
"It's a bunch of eight-year-olds critiquing my film," he said of their reaction to Thor: Love and Thunder. "‘We thought this one had too much humor, the action was cool but the VFX weren't as good."
He continued, "I cringe and laugh equally at it."