The determination to turn Martin Scorsese's personal disinterest in Marvel films into unyielding war with superhero films has entangled another of cinema's heavyweights. Francis Ford Coppola, revered director of The Godfather and the Apocalypse Now and, like Scorsese, an influential 'movie brat' of the 1970s, has added his voice to the small but vocal chorus of filmmakers who criticize the state of modern cinema.
"When Martin Scorsese says Marvel images are not cinema, he is right," Coppola told the Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, according to Yahoo News. “As we hope to learn something from cinema, we hope to get something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don't know if anyone can see the same movie over and over. Martin was kind when he said it's not cinema. He didn't say he was despicable, which I just said.
The "war" of Marvel filmmakers began in earnest with Scorsese, who said Empire he had a hard time getting into Marvel's superhero movie series, comparing them more to amusement parks. “I tried, you know that? But that's not cinema, "he said at the time." Honestly, the closest I can think of them, no matter how well done, with the actors doing their best under the circumstances, is the theme parks. cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional and psychological experiences to another human being. "
As Coppola himself noted, Scorsese had kinder words for the effort involved in creating superhero films. "This is good and good for those who like this kind of film and by the way, knowing what happens to them now, I admire what they do," Scorsese told the BFI London Film Festival last weekend, according to CNET. "It's not my kind of thing; it just isn't." Scorsese also likened superhero movies to a box office "invasion" that dominates the box office and more "narrative" spotlights .
Scorsese's initial comment also sparked a significant backlash from the superhero industry. Marvel directors James Gunn, Joss Whedon and stars Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. naturally defended their livelihood, with Jackson saying Variety "I mean, it's like saying that Bugs Bunny isn't funny. Movies are movies. Everyone doesn't like his things either. Everyone has an opinion, so I mean it's okay. It won't stop anyone from making movies."
Coppola has not specified what he finds "despicable" about Marvel, but don't worry, the next phase of this battle is certainly not far off.