Marvel Boss Kevin Feige Breaks Silence On Martin Scorsese's Criticism
The controversy around Martin Scorsese not particularly enjoying Marvel movies continues to rage, not least because the 76-year-old has refused to prostrate himself to furious, middle-aged comic book fans calling him a ‘Boomer’ on Twitter.
The film legend has received support from the wider industry, while figures within the Marvel Cinematic Universe have largely been cautious in their criticism of The Irishman's director. Now Marvel boss Kevin Feige has broken his silence on the issue.
Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, Feige said: "I think that's not true. I think it's unfortunate. I think myself and everybody that works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theatre full of people.
“I think it's fun for us to take our success and use it to take risks and go in different places. Everybody has a different definition of cinema. Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk."
Feige stopped short of actually criticising Scorsese’s take, however, offering a more diplomatic stance on the debate.
"Some people don't think it's cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion," Feige continued.
"Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion. And I look forward to what will happen next.
"But in the meantime, we're going to keep making movies."
Which, considering Marvel movies have grossed more than $22.5 billion globally, goes without saying, really. But that mind-bending figure is at the crux of Scorsese’s criticism; we're seemingly in a situation where studios are more likely to stump up for comic book franchises than original writing.
It’s a problem Scorsese himself ran into while shopping The Irishman around, due to its ambitious run-time, cast and de-ageing technology. Netflix turned out to be the only distributor willing to spend the $159 million needed to get it made, and it has so far been met with critical acclaim.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
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