Martin Scorsese CLARIFIES his comments on Marvel movies after receiving critical backlash

Martin Scorsese, who has criticized Marvel movies last month in an interview with Empire Magazine, has come forward to clarify the meaning of his statement by penning down an article for The New York Times’ Opinion Piece.
Martin Scorsese talks about Marvel comments and franchise domination in HollywoodMartin Scorsese talks about Marvel comments and franchise domination in Hollywood
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Last month, Scorsese said something highly-controversial in regards to the biggest franchise in Hollywood. Yes, we are talking about the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) that is ruling the box-office for years now. So, in an interview with Empire Magazine, Scorsese stated, “Marvel movies aren’t cinema”. The comments invited a huge counter from a lot of fans and people from Hollywood. Now, Scorsese has written a piece of clarification in the opinion piece of The New York Times.


In the column, Scorsese has mentioned about his comments on Marvel. The legendary filmmaker has clarified the idea behind his criticism of Marvel movies. But, hasn’t flipped completely from his initial criticism. Also, he has brought the current domination of franchises over movies and has predicted a lot of things about the future of Hollywood. Here’s what he has written in his column for The New York Times.



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“Many franchise films are made by people of considerable talent and artistry. You can see it on the screen. The fact that the films themselves don’t interest me is a matter of personal taste and temperament. Many of the elements that define cinema as I know it is there in Marvel pictures. What’s not there is a 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.”

Scorsese casts his doubts about the supreme power of franchises in Hollywood’s favor. As he added, “In many places around this country and the world, franchise films are now your primary choice if you want to see something on the big screen. It’s a perilous time in film exhibition, and there are fewer independent theaters than ever. 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.”



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Well, Scorsese has clarified his comments, but it’ll be interesting to see how Marvel fans are going to react on this now. Also, Scorsese’s recently released Irishman was supposed to be in theaters first but because of budgetary issues, Paramount Pictures dropped the idea. Do you agree with the comments and fears of Scorsese over the franchise’s dominance in the Hollywood industry? Tell us in the comments section below.

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