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Director Martin Scorsese hasn’t seen an MCU-movie, yet he drops everything in his opinion on it. The same thing goes with Jennifer Aniston, an actress who came to glory over twenty-five years ago.

Scorsese, who’s known for directing gangster-genre movies, hasn’t been quiet about the outcome of Marvel Cinematic Universe, the most successful franchise ever overlapping over twenty movies and counting.

“It’s not cinema, it’s something else,” […] “We shouldn’t be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films.” are some of his quotes.

He also made a comment about this on BAFTA’s Annual David Lean Lecture;

“Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don’t invade everything else in that sense,” he said. “That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.”

In an interview with Empire, Martin even admitted that he didn’t see the movies.

“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” he told the outlet. “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.”

Metro.Co.UK wrote earlier that Jennifer Aniston, only and most known from Friends also has a comment about the studio’s movies;

You’re seeing what’s available out there and it’s just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it’s big Marvel movies, [..] ‘I just think it would be nice to go into a movie theatre, sit cosy. I think we should have a resurgence. Let’s get the Terms of Endearment back out there. You know, Heaven Can Wait, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Goodbye Girl.’

Robert Downey Jr., who has played Iron Man, Tony Stark for eleven years said;

‘I didn’t expect [the MCU] to become what it became, and it is this very large multi-headed hydra at this point. I’ve always had other interests. And according to Scorsese, it’s “not cinema”. I gotta take a look at that.’

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the MCU-films told Variety;

“Films are films. You know, everybody doesn’t like his stuff either. I mean, we happen to, but everybody doesn’t. There are a lot of Italian Americans that don’t think he should be making films about them like that. Everybody’s got an opinion, so it’s okay. It’s not going to stop anyone from making movies.”

Even Guardians of the Galaxy-Director James Gunn responded to Scorsese’s commentary:

‘Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way.’

Although Scorsese maybe has a point even if he boldly generalizes these statements by making and bashing the superhero-genre, that has to become a norm for the time being. These movies release three times a year and mostly achieves good on the box-office.

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Scorsese has not been that successful lately and his movie does not being made that regularly, next up is his movie The Irishman (2019). Like Jackson said, everyone has an opinion – clearly.


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