Martin Scorsese’s dismissal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Thursday has shown legs into Friday, with the Irishman director’s comments drawing responses from James Gunn and other Marvel partisans.
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese told Empire magazine about the Marvel movies. “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.”
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The filmmaker’s comments, not surprisingly, have drawn extremely strong reaction across Twitter. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn weighed in, calling Scorsese one of his five favorite living filmmakers. “I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film,” he tweeted. “I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way.” He added, “That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contributions to cinema, and can’t wait to see The Irishman.”
C. Robert Cargill, who wrote the screenplay for Doctor Strange, saluted Scorsese as a “genius,” but said “anyone who thinks Marvel is only trying to make theme park rides is being unjust and cynical.”
Here are the tweets from Gunn and Cargill as well as some from a few others in the industry and press:
That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can’t wait to see The Irishman.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 4, 2019
As I tweeted last night, I take no issue with Scorsese. The man's a genius.
I'm mostly taking issue today with all of the smug freelancers retweeting his quote, patting themselves on the back as if correct and vindicated, before lining up to watch and review the next one.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) October 4, 2019
— John Lurie (@lurie_john) October 4, 2019
If people are gonna start arguing with Martin Scorsese over his opinion on comic book movies, just wait till they find out what he thinks about God.
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) October 4, 2019
Scorsese is not saying that theme parks are bad, y’all. He saying they are primarily visceral experiences and feats of engineering. It’s not that radical of an opinion. And he’s allowed to have it.
— That Polter Geist (@mattzollerseitz) October 4, 2019
Love waking up to a timeline full of nerds in a frenzy because Martin Scorsese is insufficiently reverent of their kiddie shit while they’re also creaming in their dungarees over a lame Scorsese knockoff starring the clown who fights Batman.
— Sean Burns (@SeanMBurns) October 4, 2019