Renowned director Martin Scorsese has stated that the new trend of superhero movies are ‘not cinema’ but they are dominating the film industry. With an acclaimed portfolio of films such as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas, the veteran of cinema has struggled to come to terms with the new superhero wave that has swept the global cinema.
He said of the Marvel movies specifically, “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema.”
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.”
This comes after Avengers: Endgame changed history as it became the highest grossing film ever, reaching 2.8 billion dollars in the global box office.
Head of Marvel Kevin Feige won’t be surprised by the director’s words as he has previously battled against the criticism of superhero films, stating that just because they haven’t won any Oscars doesn’t mean they aren’t decent contributions to the industry.
He continued, “Maybe it’s easy to dismiss VFX or flying people or spaceships or billion dollar grosses. I think it is easy to say that you have already been awarded in a certain way. [Alfred] Hitchcock never won best director, so it’s very nice, but it doesn’t mean everything. I would much rather be in a room full of engaged fans.”