According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel movies hasn’t gone unnoticed by not only celebrities and big names in the entertainment industry, but also by social media users, particularly on Twitter.
Some big names in Hollywood took issue with his statement that comic book movies, particularly Marvel films, weren’t “cinema.” James Gunn, the Guardians of The Galaxy director as well as Joss Whedon, are just two among many who took The Irishman director to task.
Previously, Martin spoke with reporters from Empire Magazine and stated that Marvel films were lacking the ability to communicate the psychological and emotional experiences of one human being to another. For that reason, he explained, they aren’t true “cinema,” adding they were more like “theme parks.”
On his Twitter account, James Gunn took issue with Mr. Scorsese’s remarks, stating that additionally, Martin was one of his top five living filmmakers on the planet. James said on his account that he was upset Scorsese would make such a comment without actually taking the time to see the films.
Joss Whedon, who sat in the director’s chair for the first two Avengers movies for Marvel, claimed Gunn had put everything he has into those movies, including Guardians Of The Galaxy. Peter Ramsey, the filmmaker of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the writer for Saw and Insidious claimed it was important for society to appreciate all types of art.
Martin’s comments came just after the world premiere of The Irishman, which has received rave reviews thus far and nearly instantaneous talk of a possible award. Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci, the movie hits theaters on the 1st of November and will begin streaming on Netflix on the 27th of November.
Ironically, Martin’s comments come at the same time as the widely hailed Joker film, starring Joaquin Phoenix, and directed by Todd Phillips, whose dark undertones and exploration of mental illness in relation to violence caused quite a stir in the media, even with federal agencies.