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Martin Scorsese Clarifies His Stance On Criticism of Marvel Movies

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How would you feel if someone stepped on your pet puppy? Or any animal? You’ll feel anger, frustrated and you would definitely want to fight that person. Right? This is how movie watchers feel when they see someone criticise the record-breaking blockbuster Marvel Movies, especially Avengers. Martin Scorsese did the exact thing and fans were not happy to hear the criticism they did not want to hear. Even if it was coming from the director of Wolf of Wall Street and The Departed.

Martin Scorsese on Marvel Movies

In an interview with Empire, the director of The Irishman said the following:

“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

This comment of his didn’t do well as it roamed around among Avengers fans and Marvel movie stars. Some, like Robert Downey Jr., even had to comment on it. The Ironman said:

“Of course he’s not jealous of the success. He’s Martin Scorsese. By the way, there is a lot to be said for how these genre movies, and I was happy to be part of the “problem,” if there is one, but how they have denigrated the era, the art form of cinema. When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal.”

Bob Iger also had a response. Not only this, but the backlash over Martin’s criticism was coming from all over the place. Hence, the producer and director finally decided to explain his stance. He posted his explanation in The New York Times Opinion section under the headline “I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain“.

The Crux of His Explanation

You may visit the link above if you want to read in detail. However, the main part to note is this: Scorsese wrote that he doesn’t hate the Marvel movies, as everyone believes he does. He doesn’t insult the Avengers either.

It is just that he does not think that the movies live up to the high standards of the art that he loves. Martin thinks that maybe if he was younger, these movies would have had a place in his heart for him. Unfortunately, he was born at a time when movies were ranked alongside other media like books and music. He admitted that he still loves the movies by Alfred Hitchcock, which he thinks has a resemblance to modern-day Avengers movies.

The guy literally has his own opinion over what makes a movie so great. To him, he thinks it is all about the art of performance rather than thrills, elaborate action sequences, and green screens. Perhaps it is about time we loosen our grip on one of the great directors!

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