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Marvel Movie Makers Respond To Martin Scorsese's Dismissing Superhero Movies As "Not Cinema"

By Kristy Puchko | Film | October 7, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | October 7, 2019 |


Martin Scorsese is no fan of superhero movies. In promoting his upcoming crime-drama The Irishman, the legendary filmmaker told Empire Magazine, “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.”

And so it began. battle lines were drawn on Twitter. On one side, MCU and DCEU fans were criticizing Scorsese and his films. On the other, the director’s defenders either backed his opinion or his right to have one.

Here’s a taste of all that.

But things got really interesting once superhero movie makers started to weigh in. Here’s the response of James Gunn, writer/director of Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2 and the now-in-production The Suicide Squad.

Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon:

Doctor Strange writer C. Robert Cargill:

And last but certainly not least, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse co-director Peter Ramsey:

What do you make of Scorsese’s comments? Weigh in below.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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