Marvel Movies Are Not Cinema: Martin Scorsese

The director said that to get up to speed with contemporary superhero films have failed.

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Matin Scorsese, director of films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, told Empire magazine that his attempts to get up to speed with contemporary superhero films have failed. He has also decried Marvel movies, saying they are “not cinema.”

When asked as to whether he has seen the Marvel films, the director said, “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.”
Martin Scorsese

Last year, Marvel head Kevin Feige had defended his films against the kind of criticism levelled by Scorsese, saying that the series’ lack of major awards cannot be an indication of the lack of quality or ambition.

“Maybe it’s easy to dismiss VFX or flying people or spaceships or billion dollar grosses,” Feige said, adding “I think it is fair enough to say that you have been awarded in a certain way. [Alfred] Hitchcock never won best director, so it’s very nice, but it doesn’t mean everything. I would much rather be in a room full of engaged fans.”

Earlier this year, Avengers: Endgame became the highest grossing film in history after topping 2.8 million dollars at the global box office.

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