This is just a conversation that will not end. Ever since Martin Scorsese claimed that superhero films aren’t cinema, everyone has shared their opinions on the matter. Scorsese even doubled down at one point in time, while Francis Ford Coppolaechoed his sentiments.
However, there are those who have defended superhero films, like James Gunn, Kevin Smith, and Jon Favreau. Even Disney CEO Bob Igerspoke out against Scorsese’s comments. But one person we had yet to hear from is Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer, Kevin Feige. The man who has been a part of the studio since the very beginning is finally sharing his thoughts about Scorsese’s opinions on Marvel films. Naturally, he disagreed and thinks that it is “unfortunate” that Scorsese, who has been behind films like Goodfellas, Casino, and The Irishman, feels that way about their films.
Marvel Studios has been hit with a wave of criticism from filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola as of late, but fans of the genre will not take any of it sitting down.
James Gunn, Kevin Smith, and even Jon Favreau have spoken out against those comments while also respecting the directors that helped pave the way for them. And now Disney CEO Bob Iger is coming out to defend his IP. Check out what he had to say below.
These past few weeks have seen some of the greatest directors of the century criticizing Marvel movies and superhero films as a whole for not being real cinema. And then there are those like James Gunn and Kevin Smith, who defend Marvel by saying that they are cinema. So as the two sides plead their cases, the director who helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe is sharing his thoughts.
Jon Favreau, who directed Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and appeared in Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, took some time off during The Mandalorian press circuit to talk about the comments made by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, and gave a rather composed response to their criticism of Marvel Studios films. More on what he said, below.
Everyone has an opinion on something, but some people’s opinions get more attention than others. Case in point, director Martin Scorsese‘s dislike of Marvel Studios’ films and of superhero films in general. The Oscar-winner went so far as to liken them to theme parks, even though he admittedly has never sat through a full Marvel movie, and claimed that they are “not cinema.
The backlash on social media to the Taxi Driver director’s comments has been great. However, another acclaimed director just proclaimed his disdain towards Marvel Studios’ films as well. Francis Ford Coppola, whose credits include Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, The Outsiders, and many more, defended Scorsese’s comments, saying that Marvel Studios films are “despicable.” More on the report below.