Gibson: MCU Is “Violence Without Conscience”

A few months back at the Venice Film Festival, actor Mel Gibson revealed he wasn’t a big fan of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and now the Oscar winner has offered an opinion on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While continuing to promote “Hacksaw Ridge,” Gibson spoke to The Washington Post about his distaste for action featured in current blockbusters as they offer “violence without conscience”. In particular he calls out the MCU films:

“To talk about the violence question, look at any Marvel movie. They’re more violent than anything that I’ve done, but [in my movies,] you give a s— about the characters, which makes it matter more. That’s all I’ll say.”

“Hacksaw Ridge” itself has come under criticism for being a film about pacifism whilst at the same time containing a lot of blood and violence. He argues the film isn’t meant to be an intellectual experience:

“I’m trying to get to your animal. That’s it. That’s war. I’m trying to make a visceral, fully emotional, immersive experience… Edgy is good. Isn’t that why we work? Isn’t that why we make art? This movie is for the audience. I’m not making it for the elite.

I forget who said it, but I love this formulation: The goal of filmmaking is the three E’s: First, you entertain. Second, you educate. And the third thing, if you’re lucky, is you elevate. I’m telling a story here that asks a question: What are we capable of, as a species, in an experience that reduces most men to animals.”

“Hacksaw Ridge” is now in cinemas.