Scorsese Slams Marvel Films: 'Not Cinema'

Fans of the genre push back at acclaimed director
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2019 11:46 AM CDT
Scorsese Slams Marvel Films: 'Not Cinema'
In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Martin Scorsese attends the premiere for "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Martin Scorsese's new film, The Irishman, is already spurring Oscar buzz, but the director of other classics such as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Taxi Driver is taking his time in the spotlight to reveal a movie genre that just doesn't click with him—and that he doesn't even consider to be the real deal when it comes to the silver screen. "I tried, you know? But that's not cinema," Scorsese tells Empire magazine, via the Guardian, when asked to opine on Marvel superhero movies. Meaning, "it isn't the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being."

The only thing he can think to compare it to: "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." #FilmTwitter immediately went nuts on this news. Some backed up Marty: "Scorsese is right and he should say it," one commenter noted. Others went to town on him. "What Disney/Marvel has accomplished is undeniable," one Marvel fan posted. "Don't be an old head and a hater." Movie critic Scott Weinberg has reached his own happy compromise. "My 2 cents that nobody asked for," he tweeted. "1. I do not agree with Martin Scorsese's opinion on superhero movies in general. They absolutely are cinema. 2. He's a f---ing genius and can have whatever opinions he wants." (More Martin Scorsese stories.)

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