Disney CEO pulls no punches weighing in on Marvel/Scorsese beef
So this saga really isn't going away anytime soon, is it?
Who would have thought movies about superheroes could be so damn divisive? Well, as it happens, they are.
A few weeks ago, Martin Scorsese came out and said that he felt that the much-adored record-breaking MCU movies were not real cinema, and more comparable to "theme parks".
Then The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola took it one further and said that Scorsese hadn't gone far enough and that the Marvel movies were 'despicable'.
A whole host of Marvel-representatives have since gone to bat for their team, including Robert Downey Jr and most recently James Gunn, who had quite a measured response to the whole thing:
View this post on Instagram
Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them “despicable”. Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same. I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, “I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!” Superheroes are simply today’s gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers. Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful. Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay. ❤️
Disney CEO Bob Iger is the latest to weigh in on the whole saga, very much sticking up for the MCU and the rest of his own team.
"If they want to bitch about movies, that's certainly their right", he said speaking on Tuesday at WSJ Tech Live.
"It seems so disrespectful to all the people that work on those films… are you telling me Ryan Coogler, making Black Panther is doing something that is somehow or another 'less than' what Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Like, come on. There. I said it."
This is starting to get quite juicy.