Martin Scorsese’s Marvel Movies Criticism Isn’t Going Away

The superhero fans are not going to like this

Martin Scorsese's Dislike for Marvel Movies Isn’t Going Away
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Martin Scorsese, an iconic director who is busy promoting his upcoming film The Irishman is showing considerable dislike for the Marvel movies. It began earlier this month when he criticized Marvel movies while talking to the Empire magazine and labelled them as not cinema. He reiterated his views in a press conference before the premiere of his new film, The Irishman, at the BFI London Film Festival this Saturday.

Martin Scorsese's Dislike for Marvel Movies Isn’t Going Away
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While talking about the Marvel movies to The Empire, he had stated that he had tried to see Marvel movies, but that’s not cinema. He also said, “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.”

During the latest press conference, he said, “The value of a film that is like a theme park film, Marvel-type pictures, where theatres become amusement parks, that’s a different experience. It’s not cinema it’s something else, we shouldn’t be invaded by it, so that is a big issue and we need the theatre owners to step up to allow theatres to show films that are narrative films.”


No one has shared views on Scorsese comments this time. His previous comments had incited the reactions of James Gunn, Karen Gillan, Samuel L. Jackson, and Robert Downey Jr. Gunn, the Director of Guardians of the Galaxy said that he was saddened by his remarks. The man behind the Marvel movies, Kevin Feige hasn’t shared his opinion yet.

We think it’s worrisome that one of the greatest living directors might have a misunderstanding of cinema. The movie theatres exist to offer excitement and enjoyment to people who want to escape the worries of everyday life. From Hello to The Wizard of Oz, movies have been a bit over the top, and most of us understand that they are meant to be. Movies also serve as a medium that pushes technological boundaries and promotes innovation. Even Scorsese movies like Hugo promoted innovation.


The success of Marvel movies and the building anticipation for the upcoming MCU phase 4 is another proof that Scorsese’s opinion of marvel movies is not altogether right. The fanbase of movie stars like Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson is another proof that Marvel movies have been successful in breathing life to the fictional characters.

Most movie enthusiasts, including us, agree that Marvel movies have played a key role in changing the face of cinema. They are exciting and highly anticipated, but they don’t pose a big threat to other forms of cinema. They are meant for pure entertainment and nothing else.

What are your thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s opinion of the Marvel movies? Do you think he is right, or he is delusional about what movies are meant to be?