Marvel has become one of the top comic publishers and companies in the world. But even with a company as successful as Marvel, it has its own fair share of criticisms as well.
Reports on The Last Temptation of Christ director Martin Scorsese’s controversial comment saying Marvel's comic book movies are “not cinema” made rounds on the internet. And the people involved in such movies can’t help but voice their opinions, including James Gunn, Samuel L. Jackson, and Karen Gillan.
Now, Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. gave his two cents about Scorsese’s comments when he recently went on The Howard Stern Show.
Stern opened up about the topic, considering that RDJ is one of the biggest names in the franchise that is involved with such movies. “I didn’t expect it to become what it became and it is this very large, multi-headed Hydra at this point,” says Downey. “I’ve always had other interests and according to Scorsese, it’s 'not cinema' so I have to take a look at that, you know?”
The host thinks that comic book movies are indeed cinema and even tried to affirm with the actor.“It’s his opinion,” says Downey. “I mean it plays in theaters.”
“I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything. We need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on,” Downey adds.
Downey didn’t take Scorsese’s comment as an insult because he thinks it doesn’t make any sense. The actor even compared the comment by saying “Howard Stern isn’t radio.”
When the host asked if Scorsese is “jealous” of the success of the Marvel movies, Downey thinks that the filmmaker isn’t. The actor admits that he’s happy to be a part of the “problem.” “When you come in like a stomping beast, and you eliminate competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal,” Downey says.
Of course, like what Downey thinks, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and controversial statements like Scorsese’s could really cause a ruckus and it won’t easily die down from the mass media. It won't be a surprise if more and more people of Hollywood respond to Scorsese’s comments.
On that note, Scorsese’s The Irishman will premiere on Netflix on November 1.