Ever since Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel Studio’s films, the cinematic community has been having an on-going debate as to whether or not these movies should be considered “films” at all. Giants in the industry such as The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola have released statements of their own, with its most recent addition being Jordan Peele.
Best known for his breakout and award-winning masterpiece Get Out, Peele was recently at the New York’s Fast Company Innovation Festival, where he was asked about his stand regarding the issue. Although the acclaimed director kept a fairly neutral stance, he did share several good points.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Peel had the following to say: “I’m not particularly engaged in the ‘What is cinema, what isn’t cinema?’ conversation. My definition of film and what my movie experience is is that movies that you can go and have a theatrical experience, a shared experience with the audience [and] go through emotions: cheers, tears, laughs. Those are the movies I’m trying to make, quite frankly. I’m very focused on something that you need to go out to the theater to see while it’s out there because it’s something different. It's very different from this streaming boom, or whatever you want to call it.”
Overall, much like several iconic directors with the likes of Scorsese, what Peele is advocating for is films being treated as an experience that makes you want to actually go out and see them in a cinema. Ultimately, however, what he wants to see is more “original” content, so again that does not necessarily sound like firm support for any particular sides.
Peele’s most recent film was released earlier this year and was entitled “Us.” As for Marvel, it most notably ended its ten-year Infinity Saga with the release of Avengers: Endgame last April and is now set to roll out its Phase 4 next year.
Where do you stand in this entire debacle?