‘I don’t see them, that’s not cinema’, says filmmaker Martin Scorcese about Marvel Cinematic Universe films


The Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Robert Downey Jr. donning the Iron Man suit way back in 2008. Over a decade later it has become one of the most famous and one of the most successful franchises of all time. The last film Avengers: Endgame even went on to break the record of Avatar by overtaking its box office collection and becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. In fact, Black Panther even went to clinch an Oscar nomination for Best Picture at the Oscars 2019. However, all this has not left filmmaker Martin Scorsese even a tad impressed.

Martin told an international portal that superhero films are not cinema. He said, “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. 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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Apparently, Scorsese is not the only one who feels this way. There are quite a few detractors who feel the Marvel films are not in the league of its counterparts. However, having said that it does not erase the fact that the franchise is immensely successful and Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner and others have become household names amongst the audience. Disney on the other hand, is pushing for Avenges: Endgame to secure an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

(Source: Empire)