Martin Scorsese has just made himself Public Enemy No. 1 for many Marvel fans.
In a new interview with Empire, the director of “The Irishman” is asked about the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he does not hold back.
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” he says, according to Screen Rant.
Scorsese adds, “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.”
Amid the response to Scorsese’s comments, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn expressed his disappointment that one of his favourite filmmakers was judging his films without seeing them.
Samuel L. Jackson who plays Nick Fury in many (if not all) of the Marvel films commented about Scorsese’s statement at the opening of Tyler Perry’s new studio.
“I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either,” he told Variety. “Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”
“Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd also offered his opinion of Scorsese’s Marvel diss, and took a more diplomatic approach.
“I love Martin Scorsese, I love his movies, I can’t wait to see ‘The Irishman’,” Rudd told NME.
“I thought I was gonna be asked this at some point and I have been,” he added. “I think it’s really just… it seems to be what the state of interviews are now and I have no opinion about it.”
“Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon also weighed in on Twitter.
Despite his aversion to the Marvel films, Scorsese is not opposed to comic book movies outright. The director happens to be an executive producer on the new DC film “Joker”, which takes a lot of inspiration from his films “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy”.
On Twitter, Scorsese’s response had people divided, with many fully endorsing his comments.
Others, though, were upset to hear the legendary director slamming Marvel movies.