Martin Scorcese Catches Heat After Saying Marvel Superhero Movies Aren’t Cinema

The “Goodfellas” filmmaker isn’t a fan.

BYErika Marie
Martin Scorcese Catches Heat After Saying Marvel Superhero Movies Aren’t Cinema

He's one of the most revered cinematographers in the history of film, so when Gangs of New York director Martin Scorsese sits down to chat about movies, the world stops to listen. However, Scorsese's recent interview with Empire magazine turned the entertainment world on its head when the 76-year-old filmmaker shared that he doesn't consider Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero movies to be cinema.

"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."

Industry professionals weren't pleased with The Wolf of Wall Street director's remarks, and they took to social media to share their offense. Responses from others were a mixed bag, with a few people even sharing that they agreed with Scorsese's assessment that Marvel films are simply emotionally stifled storylines conveyed in movie form. Check out a few reactions below.

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Erika Marie is a seasoned journalist, editor, and ghostwriter who works predominantly in the fields of music, spirituality, mental health advocacy, and social activism. The Los Angeles editor, storyteller, and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. E.M. attempts to write stories that are compelling while remaining informative and respectful. She's an advocate of lyrical witticism & the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, '90s R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, & Punk; Funk, Soul, Harlem Renaissance Jazz greats, and artists who innovate, not simply replicate.