One of Hollywood’s most iconic filmmakers in the history of cinema was recently asked about his thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his answer may leave you feeling as if you were just dusted.
Martin Scorsese’s career spans over 50 years, directing such movies as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) and The King of Comedy (1983). Scorsese’s latest film The Irishman is about to be released, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
In a recent interview with Empire, Scorsese revealed his opinions when it came to Marvel Studios and their Marvel Cinematic Universe comparing the billion-dollar franchise to theme parks. The legendary filmmaker had this to say.
Director James Gunn, who is getting ready to helm Warner Brothers The Suicide Squad, when finished, will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Gunn was sadden after reading Scorsese’s comments and took to social media to respond to the legendary director, by saying.
Is Martin Scorsese allowed to have an opinion when it comes to comic book movies? Of course he is, he’s Martin Scorsese. Does Scorsese have to like MCU movies? No.
Scorsese like any other human on Earth has likes and dislikes when it comes to movies, after all movies are subjective. Where I have problems with Scorsese’s remarks is that by his own admission he doesn’t watch Marvel movies. Call me crazy, but if you don’t watch a movie, you really can’t make an honest criticism if a movie is good or bad or in Scorsese’s case a theme park.
I may run a website about what movies are coming out and if I liked or hated a particular movie, but one thing I would never do is put up a review to a movie I never went to the theater to see or at least watched on home video. It wouldn’t be fair to those who might read it and then make the decision to watch or not watch it based on someone who never did in the first place.
I will admit not all comic book movies are equal in quality, but like any other genre of movie you will have movies that are Oscar worthy all the way down to not worth the price of the film stock. At one time comic book movies were treated like second-class citizens, but over the last twenty years the quality of writers, directors, actors and story have all greatly improved and as a result has become a dominating force at the box office.
If Mr. Scorsese response would have been that he really doesn’t care for comic book movies and there for does not watch them and left it at that the majority of the film community wouldn’t of thought much of it. As a fan of the comic book genre I find his remarks a little insulting, but at the same time he has the right to his opinion, I just don’t have to agree with it.