It looks like Martin Scorsese is standing by his previous statement about how Marvel films are "not cinema." The legendary filmmaker has just doubled down on his comments and is now saying that Marvel Cinematic Universe movies should not even be allowed to screen in theaters.
Scorsese recently joined a panel of filmmakers at the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival (via Twitter). Interestingly, the director of The Irishman once again compared Marvel films to theme parks and went on to say that these movies should not be allowed to screen in cinemas.
"The value of a film that’s like a theme park film, for example, the Marvel type pictures where the theaters become amusement parks, that’s a different experience,” Scorsese said. “As I was saying earlier, it's not cinema, it’s something else. Whether you go for that or not, it is something else and we shouldn’t be invaded by it. And so that’s a big issue, and we need the theater owners to step up for that to allow theaters to show films that are narrative films.”
It's a bold statement that expands on what Scorsese had previously said about comic book movies.
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese said. “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.”
The Irishman will premiere on Netflix on November 1.