Filmmakers often have unpopular and controversial opinions on cinema. It is interesting seeing well established, and top filmmakers spew out such opinions. Earlier this year, Steven Spielberg said that Netflix movies and series should be totally kept out of Award ceremonies like The Academy Awards and Golden Globes. But later, he went on to debut his anthology series Amazing Stories on Apple TV+. He was called out for his hypocrisy.
Recently, Martin Scorsese said that “Marvel movies are not cinema.” This blunt and rude comment absolutely angered some Marvel fans. After all, the highest-grossing movie of all time can’t be labeled as “not a part of the cinema.” He said he tried watching Marvel movies, but that is not cinema. The 76 -year-old American Italian filmmaker, actor, and historian made this comment while promoting his upcoming film The Irishman. Netflix’s The Irishman is an epic crime film starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and others.
However, Samuel L Jackson was asked about his thoughts on Scorsese’s comments recently while on the red carpet at the Atlanta opening of Tyler Perry’s new studio. Samuel L Jackson said, “that’s kind of like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny” to Variety. Samuel L Jackson is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008, playing the role of the fierce but loveable Nick Fury. He went on to say how Scorsese’s movies aren’t liked by many Italian Americans too. Films are films. Everyone has an opinion about films, but that doesn’t stop others from making movies.
Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. 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. https://t.co/hzHp8x4Aj8
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 4, 2019
Also, Marvel directors James Gunn and Joss Whedon spoke out about this comment made by Scorsese. James Gunn is known for directing both the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
“It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
I first think of @JamesGunn, how his heart & guts are packed into GOTG. I revere Marty, & I do see his point, but…
Well there’s a reason why “I’m always angry”. https://t.co/Wh3ptU2KBp
— Joss Whedon (@joss) October 4, 2019
He tweeted, saying he is saddened knowing Scorsese is saying such things without even watching his films whereas Joss Whedon made The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon also tweeted about this.