Bob Iger Defends Marvel Films After Disparaging Comments Made by Martin Scorsese
A few weeks ago, director Martin Scorsese expressed his feelings regarding the success of the Marvel movies, which have dominated theaters in the last few years.
Scorsese had said:
“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.”
This statement created a lot of controversy and debate among movie goers, actors and directors. Some directors, like Joss Whedon and James Gunn, strongly disagreed with Scorsese’s comments while others, like Francis Ford Coppola, came to his defense.
“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”
Disney CEO, Bob Iger, was recently asked by the Wall Street Journal for his opinion on Scorsese and Coppola’s comments, and this is what Iger had to say:
“I’m puzzled by it. If they want to b—- about movies, it’s certainly their right. It seems so disrespectful to all the people that work on those films who are working just as hard as the people who work on their films. Are you telling me Ryan Coogler making ‘Black Panther’ is somehow doing something that is less than what Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola has ever done on any one of their movies?
“I reserve the word ‘despicable’ for someone who committed mass murder. These are movies. I don’t get what they’re trying to criticize us for when we are making films that people obviously are enjoying.”
This debate has been going on for several weeks… and is probably not over yet.