Josh Trank says that the first five minutes of The Irishman is better than all Marvel films combined. This effectively resurrects the argument stemming from Martin Scorsese's controversial comments dubbing the MCU "not cinema" which has been dead for a couple of weeks now.
Trank directed 2012's Chronicle, but is more known as the helmer for the 2015 critically-panned films Fantastic Four - Fox's second attempt to introduce Marvel's first family into the big screen. Trank directed and co-wrote the flick which starred Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing. His next project is next year's Fonzo with Tom Hardy as the notorious gangster, Al Capone.
Taking it to his official Twitter account, Trank said that "the first 5 minutes have more humanity and truth and cinematic intrigue than the running length of every single Marvel movie combined ahahahahahahahaha." This obviously garnered a lot of varying opinions online. Some fans agree on his sentiments, while other vehemently don't. However, there's a section of commenters who pointed out that Trank could've praised the brilliant Irishman without having the need to drag the MCU into the conversation.
Watching the Irishman.— Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) November 27, 2019
The first 5 minutes have more humanity and truth and cinematic intrigue than the running length of every single Marvel movie combined ahahahahahahahaha.
Sorry, facts. 🤷🏻♂️
PS: Not sorry.
In hindsight, it seems like Trank's tweet was intentionally written to trigger and essentially resurrect an unnecessary discussion. He could've phrased his tweet in a way that won't restart this whole snafu. If anything, this simply pits people against each other which shouldn't be the case. It's curious why he would want to stir up controversy - especially an old one. Scorsese already made his point in a lengthy op-ed where he properly discussed his thoughts about the MCU, and there are people who agrees with him. Meanwhile, people from the Marvel side of things have also opened up about the situation. In the end, both parties stood their respective grounds with regard to the argument and simply agreed to disagree. The controversy had been dead for a while now because it's pointless to retread without dealing with the actual industry issues that Scorsese depicted, and yet, with just one tweet, the whole thing comes alive.
In the end, everyone works in the same industry. To intentionally demean the work of other people for the sake of it is simply wrong. The tweet doesn't serve any productive purpose like opening a proper to discussion to how Scorsese's issues can be addressed or how Marvel films can supposedly have "humanity and truth" to them. It's simply there to trigger people and cause commotion which it has already achieved just by looking at the comments in the thread.
Source: Josh Trank
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