The Marvel fan base was set ablaze recently when Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese made negative comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe while promoting his new film, The Irishman. Clearly, these comments were never going to sit well with the fandom, because when a legion of fans get angry, they get ANGRY.
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese said. “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.” In other words, he feels like there is a lack of emotion and beauty to these films. Naturally, the many fans of Marvel have taken to the Internet to voice their displeasure at Scorsese, because as I said earlier, fans will not stand by and let their beloved franchise be trashed.
At this point, it may sound like I am taking Scorsese’s side. I’m not, as I feel like there is a form of art to be found in many places, including superhero films or any other genre or medium one can think of. To rephrase that, beauty can be found if you look past the CGI and action sequences.
Now it sounds like I’m taking the fan’s side, and due to my immense love of Marvel films, I probably would be biased towards the fans if the fandom hadn’t started an outburst and began harassing Scorsese. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and Martin Scorsese is not excluded, regardless of his views on superhero cinema.
Scorsese was later joined by fellow filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, who called Marvel films “despicable.”
One of the people who took to the Internet to discuss their views surrounding the controversy was James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel. In a series of Instagram posts, Gunn wrote that he was deeply saddened by Scorsese’s comments and even compared it to the infamous picketing of one of Scorsese’s films in the 1980’s. He added that despite that, he respects Scorsese’s and Coppola’s opinions.
Scorsese has attempted to amend his statements multiple times, notably in a New York Times op-ed in which he stated that he doesn’t think Marvel films are bad, he just grew up on different films and thus developed a taste for other genres. He also states that his main problem is that there isn’t enough room for art films or epics due to superhero films taking over the theaters.
Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, and that includes those who don’t like whatever is the new, popular trend. Though some people may not agree with it, if someone believes something, it should be respected. Hopefully people will learn that someday and there will be a decrease in the amount of people harassing Academy Award winners online.
By: Brig Larson
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