Karen Gillan Hits Back At Martin Scorsese And Defends James Gunn Against 'Not Cinema' Tirade

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Marvel, as we know it, is one of the top comic publishers and companies in the world. Although even with a company as successful as Marvel, they've had their fair share of criticisms too.

When The Last Temptation of Christ director Martin Scorsese's controversial comment saying Marvel's comic-book movies are "not cinema" was released, the people involved in such movies can't help but voice their opinions; including James Gunn and Samuel L. Jackson.


And now, Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan also has something to say with regards to Scorsese's Marvel diss. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Gillan at the 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles. "I would absolutely say that Marvel movies are cinema," Gillan says. "There's so much heart and soul, and it's James' soul in there."

James Gunn previously mentioned that he was "saddened" with Scorsese's comments. Gillan thinks that Gunn "injects so much of his own personality" and sense of humor into what he does. "That's a very big representation of who he is as a person and therefore it's very cinematic. He's an artist," Gillan adds.

Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and controversial statements like Scorsese's could really cause a ruckus. It won't be a surprise if more and more people of Hollywood respond to Scorsese's diss.

In case you missed it, here is Scorsese's comment from his interview with Empire.

"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."

On that note, Scorsese's The Irishman will premiere on Netflix on November 1. While Gunn is currently working on The Suicide Squad, to be released on August 6, 2021.

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