Scorsese: Marvel Movies Are “Not Cinema”

Scorsese Marvel Movies Are Not Cinema

Film Twitter & Reddit are abuzz this morning over some new comments from master filmmaker Martin Scorsese who has pretty much ruled himself out of making a comic book movie.

While Marvel Studios has been increasingly hiring some impressive auteurs in recent years, the company’s films have not endeared themselves to Scorsese who offered a critique that indicates he thinks little of them.

Speaking with Empire (via Screenrant) this week, he was asked for his opinion on the MCU and those films. His response:

“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.”

Several filmmakers have already responded to the comments. James Gunn said on Twitter: “Martin Scorsese is one of my five favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way. That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can’t wait to see ‘The Irishman.'”

Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is set to hit cinemas in early November ahead of a late November release on Netflix, and is already generating serious Oscar buzz.