Martin vs Marvel: Scorsese scorned for hating on superhero movies

Martin Scorsese may make great movies… but he’s failed to read today’s movie-going markets.

The director of such classic films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino said last week that he cannot relate to Marvel movies and compared them to ‘theme parks’ with no real relativity to human emotion and sensation.

“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 as theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

Now, not only fans – but actors and other directors – have hit back, with even the ‘god of voice-over’ Samuel L. Jackson responding, “I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either” (that last comment possibly a little too tar-brushy).

Jackson has played in nine Marvel movies as one character alone – Nick Fury, and insisted that Scorsese “ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies”.

Fellow director James Gunn, who made the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, tweeted: “Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favourite living filmmakers … I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened he’s now judging my films in the same way.”

Scorsese has declined to back down on his comments.

Antonino Tati



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