Days after Martin Scorsese declared that Marvel Movies aren’t “cinema,” the ‘Avengers’ have responded. Here’s what they had to say.
Martin Scorsese made some headlines recently by saying that Marvel Movies “aren’t cinema” while out promoting his latest film, a collaboration with Netflix entitled “The Irishman.” Later, he even compared the franchise to “theme parks” while praising the filmmakers and actors for “doing the best they can under the circumstances.”
In response to Scorsese’s comments, members of the Marvel Universe, like Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury) defended the franchise by saying, “Films are films. everybody doesn’t like his stuff either.” Karen Gillan (Nebula) also responded to Scorsese’s claims by saying, “I would absolutely say that Marvel movies are cinema. Cinema is story-telling with visuals.”
Even Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) took some time to dissect Scorsese’s comments on Howard Stern, saying:
“It’s his opinion… I mean it plays in theaters. I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything. We need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on.”
Other members of the franchise joined in to defend the MCU, while attempting to stay in the good graces of the critically acclaimed director. Like Joss Whedon, who directed “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” On Twitter, Whedon claims to see Scorsese’s point, but then uses “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn as an exception, saying, “I first think of Gunn, how his heart and guts are packed into GOTG. I revere Marty, but… well there’s a reason why ‘I’m always angry.'”
Speaking of Gunn, he too weighed in on Martin Scorsese’s comments, saying that he’s “saddened” by Scorsese’s judgments. However, he quickly declared his love for Marty in the same Tweet:
And I’m not saying religious zealotry is the same as not liking my movies, or in the same category. What I’m saying is I’m not fond of people judging things without actually seeing them, whether it’s a movie about Jesus or a genre.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 4, 2019
In my opinion, I’ve seen a good share of Marvel Movies and, with time, I tend to lean in Martin Scorsese’s corner. Some are most definitely a treat, but others are too formulaic and predictable. I mean, how many times can we destroy New York City?
The fact of the matter is, there is enough room for MCU to exist alongside classic cinema and indy pictures. Scorsese, to his credit, is taking advantage of one way to do that: utilizing streaming services like Netflix.
In the future, I’d advise masters of the craft, like Marty, to provide filmmakers who agree with his sentiments with methods of surviving in a world alongside “theme park” attractions like Marvel movies, instead of taking swipes at them. It steers the conversation away from what matters most, the art of filmmaking, and instead focuses on creating bad blood between two giants.
Catch Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated film “The Irishman” on Netflix on November 27, 2019.