Martin Scorsese provokes row about Marvel movies while promoting new project The Irishman

A decade since Iron Man movie first hit the big screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now the world’s most lucrative movie franchise. It draws conflicting but passionate opinions on both sides: you either kiss the ground on which Kevin Feige walks or despise everything it stands for, which is usually the sign of true success.

Directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola find themselves as part of the latter mindset, respectively calling them “theme parks” and “despicable”.

During an interview to promote his latest movie, Scorsese said: “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” He says this despite admitting he’d never seen any of the films. “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” he said. Coppola agreed with Scorsese`s feeling and following the acceptance of the Prix Lumiere for his contribution to cinema, he said: “We expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration.”

Scorcese made his remarks at a press conference for The Irishman

But they might still be judging the franchise on the earlier instalments instead of what the movies had the chance to become. As time went on the studio gave their directors a stronger voice in the decision-making process, allowing the movies to grow into complex and individual pieces, rather than reproductions of the ones before.

This is often identified as one of the reasons why Marvel was able to become as successful as it is, being made up of such a diverse band of creators and voices encouraged the production of a variety of genres that would not have been possible to achieve without them. When asked about their opinion on the matter the Sussex Film Society said: “I feel to write them off as trash is an unfair and unfounded viewpoint as many of them do hold their viewpoints. They are more complex, I feel than they are taken for,”

More specifically they said: “Watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 as an example, it effectively and powerfully discusses the themes of family and fatherhood on the backdrop of a sci-fi adventure.”

This is just one example of how Marvel uses the light overtone of super-hero movies to deliver a considerable insight into different realities to the main stream public.

The entirety of the Thor trilogy, with the addition of the first Avengers movie, reads like a Shakespearian tale of family, love, and betrayal.

The Captain America trilogy tackles war, torture, and PTSD on the shoulders of an espionage feature.

The negative opinions are not without merit when it comes to the impact the MCU has had on the overall film industry.

The majority of the indie scene’s issues come from the presence of big corporations like Disney in the market that makes it almost impossible for independent filmmakers to get their projects off the ground.

It is very difficult to get public funding to produce a self-standing movie now; filmmakers’ only choice is to find investors that seek cost-effective productions, which are hard to come by.

This disparity of resources can be the cause of weaker storylines since writers might not be able to fully develop scripts, and of weaker social media strategies, which are an essential part of a film’s package if they want to be bought by a big distributor.

Marvel star Benedict Cumberbatch said it best: “And I agree, you know. We don’t want one king to rule it all and have a kind of monopoly.

“We should really look into continuing to support auteur film-makers at every level.”

Edited by Tyler Yems

Martin Scorsese image by Siebbi under Creative Commons 3.0

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