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Watchmen’s Damon Lindelof Says Martin Scorsese’s Marvel Criticism is Unfair

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Damon Lindelof shares his opinion regarding Martin Scorsese's criticism of Marvel films, calling them unfair. The Leftovers co-creator is moving onto another HBO project, this time, a small-screen adaptation of Watchmen. On top of his latest gig, he also have the experience to write comic books for DC, so when asked about Scorsese's controversial comments, he has some insightful things to say.

Early this month, Scorsese was doing press activities for the much-anticipated film, The Irishman when he revealed that he just can't get on board with the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. He even went as far as saying that to him, they're "not cinema." Since then, some people who are/have been involved in the universe have also offered their two cents regarding it such as Robert Downey Jr.James Gunn, Joss Whedon and Samuel L. Jackson, echoing the same statements: they respectfully disagree with the filmmaker's comments. In response to that, the acclaimed director doubled down on his initial opinion and asked the public to not let the Marvel movies "invade" the industry. Now Lindelof, who's not involved in the MCU whatsoever is sharing his two cents about the issue.

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Speaking with Variety during the successful premiere party for Watchmen, Lindelof was asked about this ongoing conversation, and for him, it's unfair to make sweeping  comments about the MCU when they have 23 movies in their current catalog. He cites critically-acclaimed movies such as Black Panther and Logan (granted it's from a different studio and franchise) as examples.

"There’s a space in Marvel movies that they are beginning to explore and are beginning to be provocative and interesting. Logan or Black Panther are very close in my opinion to cinema and to put all Marvel movies in the same box doesn’t seem fair."

In addition to that, Lindelof also poses a question with regard to Scorsese's views of the MCU. "I’m just curious as to how many Marvel movies he has seen. I don’t view it as a put down. I think there has to be space for popular entertainment and indie fare and cinema," he said. Based on Scorsese's initial statement, he attempted to watch an MCU film, although he didn't reveal which one, but didn't finish it. Since then, it doesn't seem like he tried to see any of them again. This was the part of his controversial comments that some directors deem problematic considering that he's basically judging the franchise without having seen any of its flicks.

While it's true that the MCU tends to put out straightforward and fun movies, they've innovated in other aspects of filmmaking. It's the only franchise that has enough commercial and critical success going for it to steadily thrive in the last 10 years and perhaps even the years to come - something that a lot of studios are looking to replicate. Marvel movies don't have the sophisticated visuals and intellectually complex narratives, but it obviously connected to fans all over the world.

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Source: Variety

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