'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Reacts to Martin Scorcese's Very Candid Take on Marvel Movies

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Posted: Oct 04, 2019 3:45 PM
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Reacts to Martin Scorcese's Very Candid Take on Marvel Movies

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You probably won't see Oscar winning filmmaker Martin Scorcese sitting in the theater for the next Spider-Man or Thor. On Friday, he candidly told a reporter that those Marvel movies may be very popular, but they're not very good.

“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.” (Screen Rant)

That last part is debatable. All of the Marvel films, I'd argue, are more than just fist fights and explosions. They dig into the soul of the superhero. Love, friendship, and humanity feature in all of the movies, particularly in the final, heartbreaking chapter in the Avengers franchise, Avengers: Endgame. That scene between Black Widow and Hawkeye alone left the audience in a glass case of emotion. It's a real tearjerker.

A theme park can't do that!

Other Marvel fans jumped to the franchise's defense.

But who are we to argue with Scorcese, a wildly accomplished director? Especially one who may have another Oscar winner on his hands with his anticipated new film The Irishman.

Perhaps Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has more grounds to respond to Scorcese's missive against Marvel. As you can imagine, he was not amused that his fellow filmmaker had diminished his art.

Of course, as mentioned, the Marvel Universe is wildly popular. Avengers: Endgame blasted past Avatar this year to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.