Marvel’s Kevin Feige Breaks Silence on Scorsese Attack: “It’s Unfortunate”

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Martin Scorsese And His Thoughts On The Marvel Films:

In early October, Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese shared his opinion about films from the Marvel Studios. He says that the Marvel Studios films are more akin to theme park rides than cinema. This subsequently stirred up a storm as powerful as those conjured by Thor’s hammer.

In an interview, Scorsese says, “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” He then adds a lot more upon his comments in the following weeks.

 

The Detractors And The Defenders Of Marvel:

Following the constant attacks, Marvel chief Kevin Feige is now sharing his first public comments about the Scorsese debate. According to him, “Everybody has a different definition of art.”

In regards to the notion that superhero movies are negative for cinema, he has his own opinion. He also says, “I think that’s not true. I think it’s unfortunate.” Furthermore, he explains that anyone who works in these movies loves cinema.

 

The Beginning Of The Attacks By Martin Scorsese:

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Martin Scorsese attends the premiere for “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” on day one of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall, in Toronto
2019 TIFF – “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” Premiere, Toronto, USA – 05 Sep 2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe came into existence in 2008, with the release of Iron Man. Ever since it has helped to reshape the theatrical landscape into something even bigger. And with this, critics are of the opinion that this expansion leaves little room for non-franchise projects.

It is important to note something here. Four of the top ten highest-grossing films of all time come from Marvel. This includes Avengers: Endgame as well, which got to the top after toppling over Avatar.

 

Scorsese’s Comments:

While audiences flock to these films, Scorsese argues that these films have no real stakes. In his Times review, he says “What’s not there is a revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger.” He follows up by saying that “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.”

However, Kevin Feige keeps maintaining the fact that Marvel Studios seeks to make different types of film. Moreover, over the years, it has made Ant-Man as a heist film. It also has the 2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is a political thriller.

In response to Scorsese’s comments, he also says something else. He says, “We did Civil War. We had our two most popular characters get into a very serious theological and physical altercation.”

Furthermore, he continues, “We killed half of our characters at the end of a movie (Avengers: Infinity War). I think it’s fun for us to take our success and use it to take risks and go to different places.”

 

Other Arguments Over The Debate:

Martin Scorsese also argues that the greatest risk a studio can make is to allow a filmmaker to show his or her unified vision. He calls Marvel’s filmmaking style as one that eliminates the delicate tension between art and commerce. He also says that in this case, Marvel is allowing commerce to rule.

Then, Scorsese continues and says a lot more. He says, “The situation, sadly, is that we now have two separate fields. There’s worldwide audio-visual entertainment, and there’s cinema.” “They still overlap from time to time, but that’s becoming increasingly rare.”

As a response to this, Feige notes that art is a subjective thing. According to him, everyone defines cinema in different ways. And they do the same for art and risk as well. When it comes to Marvel, “Some people don’t think it’s cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion, and I look forward to what will happen next. But in the meantime, we’re going to keep making movies.”

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