Unless you have been living under a rock, you might be familiar with Martin Scorsese’s recent remarks about Marvel movies. The ace filmmaker has been under fire for comparing the superhero films to “theme parks”, saying that they don’t capture the true essence of cinema.
Jackson, who seemed pretty upset by the comment, made sure to point out not everyone happens to be a fan of all things Scorsese either.
“I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either. I mean, we happen to, but everybody doesn’t,” Jackson told Variety at the grand opening of Tyler Perry’s new studio in Atlanta.
“Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies,” Jackson added.
Scorsese had dismissed the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as “not cinema” during an interview while promoting his upcoming movie The Irishman.
On being asked if he has watched the films, the director told Empire, “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema.”
“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,” he added.
The filmmaker’s comments have drawn extremely strong reactions across Twitter. The Avengers director Joss Whedon took to Twitter to respond to the criticism yesterday.
James Gunn also weighed in, calling Scorsese one of his five favourite living filmmakers.
“Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favourite 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,” he tweeted.
“That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can’t wait to see The Irishman,” he added in a second tweet.
“And I’m not saying religious zealotry is the same as not liking my movies, or in the same category. What I’m saying is I’m not fond of people judging things without actually seeing them, whether it’s a movie about Jesus or a genre,” Gunn concluded.
C Robert Cargill, who wrote the screenplay for Doctor Strange, called Scorsese a “genius,” but said, “anyone who thinks Marvel is only trying to make theme park rides is being unjust and cynical.”
Many celebrities have criticised Marvel films in the past too including director James Cameron and HBO’s late-night host Bill Maher.
Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing film in history this summer, minting more than USD 2.8 billion at the global box office.
Meanwhile, Scorsese’s The Irishman will debut on Netflix on 27 November.