Martin Scorsese Calls Marvel Movies Not Real “Cinema”

Martin Scorsese
NYC - APRIL 20 - Director Martin Scorsese arrives for the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival and world premier of "The Union" on April 20, 2011 in New York City, NY (aspen rock / Shutterstock.com)

Samuel L. Jackson and James Gunn call out Martin Scorsese as the director calls out Marvel movies for not being real “cinema”.

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has produced some of the biggest movies in cinematic history. While the franchise is arguably the biggest in human history, legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is not a big fan of the superhero empire. In an interview by Empire magazine, the 76-year old filmmaker shared his thoughts on superhero movies. Scorses says he does not consider those movies to be real “cinema.”

“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese tells Empire Magazine. “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 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,” director and screenwriter James Gunn (The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) responded via Twitter to Scorsese’s Empire comments. “That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can’t wait to see The Irishman.”

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was attending a gala celebrating the opening of Tyler Perry’s new studio in Atlanta when he was asked about Scorses’ comments by Variety.

“That’s kind of like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny,” Jackson said. “Films are films. You know, everybody doesn’t like his stuff either. I mean, we happen to, but everybody doesn’t. There are a lot of Italian-Americans that don’t think he should be making films about them like that. Everybody’s got an opinion, so it’s okay. It’s not going to stop anyone from making movies.”

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