Disney CEO Says Scorsese And Coppola's Comments Are 'Disrespectful', Defends Marvel Movies

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In the past few weeks, Marvel has been receiving a lot of criticism from renowned directors regarding their comic book movies not being "cinema." There have been multiple comments from people who work in superhero movies from directors to actors. And now, even Disney's CEO has something to say about it.

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal for a Tech Live event, Disney CEO Bob Iger reveals his thoughts about the comments from directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

Iger started by pointing out Coppola's use of the word "despicable." The CEO thinks it's not an appropriate word to describe movies, but rather, for someone who "committed a mass murder." He then asks who the director is "talking to" and proceeded to name the likes of Kevin Feige, Taika Waititi, Robert Downey Jr, etc.

Iger said that he didn't take the comments personally. However, he thinks that it is incredibly "disrespectful," especially for the "people who work on those movies." He pointed out that it can be a bother for them, especially since the people involved in comic book movies work "just as hard as the people who work on their [Scorsese and Coppola] films." And that they put their "creative souls on the line," similar to what the said filmmakers do for theirs.

He went on to use Ryan Coogler as an example to pose a question. Asking if the director for Black Panther was doing less than "what Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done" on any of their movies. He ends this sentence by saying, "Come on. There, I said it," which could suggest that he has been keeping quiet about the controversial comments but ended up saying them despite his high regard for the directors.

Iger thinks that he went a bit more defensive than he expected since he admits that it's the director's right if they want to "b*tch about movies."

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