James Gunn 'Saddened' That Martin Scorsese Doesn't Like Marvel Films
Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese recently shared his thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s safe to say he isn’t the biggest fan. In an interview with Empire (via The Guardian), the Irishman director expressed his inability to sit through the films in their entirety.
“I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” said Scorsese. “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.”
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who is also currently in production on the Warner Bros. DCEU entry The Suicide Squad, took to Twitter to respond to Scorsese’s critique.
“Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers,” he said. “I was outraged when people picketed ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way. That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can’t wait to see ‘The Irishman’.”
In light of the differing viewpoints, the fanbase has been predictably divided over the whole debacle.
Many feel that Scorsese has as point, arguing the difficulty in comparing Marvel’s superhero efforts to classics like Taxi Driver and Goodfellas. On the other end, fans and Gunn himself feel Scorsese is unfair in judging films he hasn’t seen.
What’s your opinion on the issue? Are you Team Scorsese or Team Gunn? Or maybe you can see both sides? Regardless of where you fall, let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below!