• 'Le Mans 66': James Mangold says Scorsese 'generalised' on Marvel, gives X-23 update (exclusive)
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    Tom Beasley

    'Le Mans 66': James Mangold says Scorsese 'generalised' on Marvel, gives X-23 update (exclusive)

    The director of 'Le Mans 66' and 'Logan' shares some of Martin Scorsese's comic book views, but thinks Marvel has become an easy target.

  • Anna Paquin fires back at lack of dialogue in 'The Irishman'
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    Anna Paquin fires back at lack of dialogue in 'The Irishman'

    Anna Paquin has hit back over criticism about the amount of dialogue she has in new Martin Scorsese movie The Irishman.

  • Marvel boss Kevin Feige calls Scorsese's comments 'unfortunate'
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    Ben Arnold

    Marvel boss Kevin Feige calls Scorsese's comments 'unfortunate'

    Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, has finally broken his silence on Martin Scorsese's comments about the Marvel movie franchise.

  • Adam McKay thinks Martin Scorsese needs to watch 'Thor: Ragnarok'
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    Adam McKay thinks Martin Scorsese needs to watch 'Thor: Ragnarok'

    Adam McKay was clearly disappointed by Martin Scorsese's Marvel comments, but he still has some advice for the legendary director.

  • Chadwick Boseman questions the timing of Martin Scorsese’s Marvel comments
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    Chadwick Boseman questions the timing of Martin Scorsese’s Marvel comments

    Chadwick Boseman has weighed into Martin Scorsese's comments on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, questioning the timing of his remarks.

  • Martin Scorsese Expands on Marvel Criticism in New York Times Op-Ed: ‘Nothing Is at Risk’
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    Martin Scorsese Expands on Marvel Criticism in New York Times Op-Ed: ‘Nothing Is at Risk’

    Martin Scorsese wants you to know that he didn’t mean to insult Marvel movies when he said they weren’t cinema… but their cultural domination still worries him.Since the filmmaker was asked by Empire Magazine about his thoughts on superhero films in October, a debate has raged on over the MCU’s artistic merits on social media and beyond. And in a new op-ed in The New York Times, Scorsese clarified his thoughts and discussed how in his view Marvel and DC’s blockbusters are a far cry from the auteur-driven work that inspired him to become a director and defined the era in which he came up.“For me, for the filmmakers I came to love and respect, for my friends who started making movies around the same time that I did, cinema was about revelation — aesthetic, emotional and spiritual revelation,” Scorsese explained. “It was about characters — the complexity of people and their contradictory and sometimes paradoxical natures, the way they can hurt one another and love one another and suddenly come face to face with themselves.”Also Read: Martin Scorsese Expands on Marvel Movies Comments: 'Theme Park Films' Are 'a New Art Form'“Many franchise films are made by people of considerable talent and artistry. You can see it on the screen. […] I know that if I were younger, if I’d come of age at a later time, I might have been excited by these pictures and maybe even wanted to make one myself. But I grew up when I did and I developed a sense of movies — of what they were and what they could be — that was as far from the Marvel universe as we on Earth are from Alpha Centauri.”Scorsese acknowledged that superhero films are capable of exhibiting many of the qualities that he values in cinema. But his problem with them is that they, and modern film franchises as a whole, are “market-researched, audience-tested, vetted, modified, revetted and remodified until they’re ready for consumption.”Also Read: Jon Favreau on Scorsese and Coppola's Marvel Criticism: 'They Can Express Whatever Opinion They Like'Even if “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is radically different from “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Scorsese believes such films are “sequels in name but remakes in spirit,” because “everything in them is officially sanctioned because it can’t really be any other way.”By comparison, the filmmaker says that when he sees a film by Spike Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, or any of the acclaimed directors that have come after him, he knows they will take him somewhere new even if they bear similar cinematic styles.“What’s not there [in superhero films] is revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger. Nothing is at risk. The pictures are made to satisfy a specific set of demands, and they are designed as variations on a finite number of themes.”But even if there’s a fundamental difference in filmmaking philosophy between Martin Scorsese and Marvel Studios, Scorsese’s biggest fear is that the MCU and franchises like it are taking up too much pop culture space and not allowing other kinds of films to stand out. Superhero movies combined to gross over $3 billion in North America in 2018, accounting for one-fourth of all domestic box office revenue last year.Also Read: Francis Ford Coppola Doubles Down on Scorsese's Diss of Marvel Films: 'Despicable'Scorsese said he is also worried that Hollywood’s franchise arms race is making it harder for original films to get the attention they deserve from moviegoers, creating a cycle in which audiences only show up for the biggest blockbusters because studios have conditioned them to only buy tickets for those kinds of films, leading studios in turn to chase after the next big franchise to the expense of everything else.“…the movie business has changed on all fronts. But the most ominous change has happened stealthily and under cover of night: the gradual but steady elimination of risk. Many films today are perfect products manufactured for immediate consumption. Many of them are well made by teams of talented individuals. All the same, they lack something essential to cinema: the unifying vision of an individual artist. Because, of course, the individual artist is the riskiest factor of all.”“The situation, sadly, is that we now have two separate fields: There’s worldwide audiovisual entertainment, and there’s cinema. They still overlap from time to time, but that’s becoming increasingly rare. And I fear that the financial dominance of one is being used to marginalize and even belittle the existence of the other.”Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “The Irishman” screens in select theaters this weekend and will stream on Netflix on November 27.Read original story Martin Scorsese Expands on Marvel Criticism in New York Times Op-Ed: ‘Nothing Is at Risk’ At TheWrap

  • Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies have 'no mystery and no risk' in New York Times op-ed essay
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    Ben Arnold

    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies have 'no mystery and no risk' in New York Times op-ed essay

    In the story which won't go away, Martin Scorsese himself has sought to clarify his comments over the Marvel movies personally.

  • Martin Scorsese says he was mulling making 'Joker' for four years
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    Ben Arnold

    Martin Scorsese says he was mulling making 'Joker' for four years

    Martin Scorsese's connection to the Joker movie runs much deeper than we previously thought.

  • Francis Ford Coppola clarifies those 'despicable Marvel' comments
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    Francis Ford Coppola clarifies those 'despicable Marvel' comments

    Francis Ford Coppola has clarified the comments in which he dubbed the Marvel movies 'despicable'.

  • Julie Andrews jokes she was 'too stoned' on painkillers to take role in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
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    Ben Arnold

    Julie Andrews jokes she was 'too stoned' on painkillers to take role in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

    Mary Poppins and Martin Scorsese aren't necessarily a natural fit, but nonetheless, Julie Andrews was all set to appear in the Goodfellas director's last movie The Wolf of Wall Street.

  • Joel Kinnaman says James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' is 'so funny' and feels like a comedy
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    Tom Beasley

    Joel Kinnaman says James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' is 'so funny' and feels like a comedy

    Joel Kinnaman described 'The Suicide Squad' as his 'first comedy' and praised James Gunn's script, as well as weighing in on the Martin Scorsese comic book movie debate.

  • Martin Scorsese clarifies blockbuster 'theme park' comparison, backs streaming to give filmmakers opportunities
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    Tom Beasley

    Martin Scorsese clarifies blockbuster 'theme park' comparison, backs streaming to give filmmakers opportunities

    Martin Scorsese said that Marvel and other blockbusters represent a 'different cinema form'.

  • 'Hellboy' director Neil Marshall says comic book movies are 'pure cinema' (exclusive)
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    'Hellboy' director Neil Marshall says comic book movies are 'pure cinema' (exclusive)

    The director of 'Hellboy' says it was wrong for Martin Scorsese to 'segregate' comic book movies away from the rest of cinema.

  • Bob Iger Compares ‘Black Panther’ to Scorsese and Coppola Films in Defense of Marvel Movies
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    Bob Iger Compares ‘Black Panther’ to Scorsese and Coppola Films in Defense of Marvel Movies

    Disney CEO Bob Iger was the latest to leap to the defense of Marvel movies in the recent civil war among filmmakers over the blockbusters, pointing to Ryan Coogler’s Best Picture-nominated “Black Panther” as worthy as being called “cinema” as any film Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have made.Iger got heated on the subject as part of the WSJ Tech Live event Tuesday night after both Scorsese, Coppola and a handful of other auteur filmmakers have criticized the movies, with Coppola most recently calling the films “despicable.”“I’m puzzled by it. If they want to bitch about movies it’s certainly their right. It seems so disrespectful to all the people who work on those films who are working just as hard as the people who are working on their films and are putting their creative souls on the line just like they are,” Iger said of filmmakers’ comments. “Are you telling me that Ryan Coogler making ‘Black Panther’ is doing something that somehow or another is less than anything Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Come on.”Also Read: Jon Favreau on Scorsese and Coppola's Marvel Criticism: 'They Can Express Whatever Opinion They Like'Iger says he holds Coppola and Scorsese in “the highest regard,” but he took issue with Coppola’s characterization of the films as “despicable,” and that he’d only reserve that word “for someone who had committed mass murder.”“When Francis uses the words ‘those films are despicable,’ to whom is he talking? Is he talking to Kevin Feige who runs Marvel, or Taika Waititi who directs or Ryan Coogler who directs for us or Scarlett Johansson,” Iger said. “I don’t get what they’re criticizing us for when we’re making films that people are obviously enjoying going to because they’re doing so by the millions.”Scorsese recently doubled down on his comments when he said that Marvel movies were not cinema and compared them to “theme parks.” He ultimately said that Marvel’s films were “invading” movie theaters and replacing what young people’s idea of cinema is, even driving out smaller films and more human stories from the popular culture.Also Read: After Coppola Slam, James Gunn Defends Marvel Movies as Cinema (Again)Ken Loach, the British director behind “Kes” and the recent “Sorry We Missed You,” more specifically attacked the commercialism of Marvel films rather than their content specifically.“They’re made as commodities like hamburgers, and it’s not about communicating, and it’s not about sharing our imagination,” Loach told Sky News. “It’s about making a commodity which will make a profit for a big corporation – they’re a cynical exercise. They’re a market exercise, and it has nothing to do with the art of cinema. William Blake said, ‘When money is discussed, art is impossible.'”Iger however had a response for that as well, saying that there’s a mutual benefit in the success of the Marvel films and other blockbusters that allows movie theaters to exhibit movies that otherwise wouldn’t be as financially successful.Check out Iger’s full comments via WSJ.Read original story Bob Iger Compares ‘Black Panther’ to Scorsese and Coppola Films in Defense of Marvel Movies At TheWrap

  • Martin Scorsese refutes accusations over his lack of female characters
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    Ben Arnold

    Martin Scorsese refutes accusations over his lack of female characters

    There's no getting around the fact that Martin Scorsese's movies are weighted heavily towards male performances.

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger responds to Scorsese and Coppola 'b**ching' about Marvel
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    Disney CEO Bob Iger responds to Scorsese and Coppola 'b**ching' about Marvel

    Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, has said that if Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola 'want to bitch about movies, that's certainly their right'.

  • Ken Loach criticises 'boring' superhero films: 'They're a cynical exercise'
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    Ken Loach criticises 'boring' superhero films: 'They're a cynical exercise'

    The director has joined the ranks of those speaking out against the genre.

  • James Gunn sticks up for Marvel after Francis Ford Coppola brands movies 'despicable'
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    James Gunn sticks up for Marvel after Francis Ford Coppola brands movies 'despicable'

    Francis Ford Coppola has followed his friend and contemporary Martin Scorsese is slating the Marvel movies.

  • 'The Irishman' is Martin Scorsese's best-reviewed film of all time
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    Tom Beasley

    'The Irishman' is Martin Scorsese's best-reviewed film of all time

    Martin Scorsese's mob epic 'The Irishman' is wowing critics ahead of its arrival on Netflix later this year.

  • 'Lost' creator Damon Lindelof asks how many Marvel movies Scorsese has actually seen
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    Ben Arnold

    'Lost' creator Damon Lindelof asks how many Marvel movies Scorsese has actually seen

    Damon Lindelof, the creator of Lost and writer of Prometheus, has jumped on board the Martin Scorsese Marvel row, reckoning that the Goodfellas director might not be quite up to speed.

  • Martin Scorsese doubles down on Marvel comments, saying 'cinemas need to step up'
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    Ben Arnold

    Martin Scorsese doubles down on Marvel comments, saying 'cinemas need to step up'

    Martin Scorsese is not backtracking on his views on Marvel movies.

  • Martin Scorsese almost directed the 'Joker' movie
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    Ben Arnold

    Martin Scorsese almost directed the 'Joker' movie

    While director Todd Phillips is getting all the plaudits for the new Joker movie, at one time, they may have all been going Martin Scorsese's way.

  • Jennifer Aniston says Marvel movies are 'diminishing' the movie-going experience
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    Hanna Flint

    Jennifer Aniston says Marvel movies are 'diminishing' the movie-going experience

    The actor wants to go back to the "days of Meg Ryan."

  • Robert Downey Jr 'appreciates opinion' of Martin Scorsese after he slates Marvel
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    Ben Arnold

    Robert Downey Jr 'appreciates opinion' of Martin Scorsese after he slates Marvel

    Robert Downey Jr has taken a measured view on Martin Scorsese's recent comments that the Marvel movies are 'not cinema'.

  • Samuel L. Jackson fires back at Martin Scorsese over Marvel comments: 'Some people don't like his stuff either'
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    Ben Arnold

    Samuel L. Jackson fires back at Martin Scorsese over Marvel comments: 'Some people don't like his stuff either'

    Samuel L. Jackson has clapped back at Martin Scorsese, after he denounced the Marvel movies as 'not cinema'.