James Gunn replies to Martin Scorsese's comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe not being cinema. Hailed as one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time, the veteran director is currently gearing up for the release of his latest project, the much-anticipated The Irishman. Having been in the industry for decades and producing an impressive body of work, his opinions are highly regarded in the industry which is why when he recently shared that he couldn't get on board with the MCU, his comment was met with varying opinions.
The public is divided with their thoughts on Scorsese's latest quotes, and they have been the talk of the town since they came to light. And among those who expressed their opinions on the matter is Gunn. The director helmed the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and was an executive producer to both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Given his insider status in the MCU, it's understandable that he's quite disappointed with what Scorsese said about the franchise.
Taking it to his official Twitter account, Gunn addressed Scorsese's recent comments by sharing that he "was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film," and now he feels saddened that his movies are being judged by the seasoned filmmaker the same way. Despite this, Gunn said that he will always "love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema," adding that he can't wait for The Irishman. Check out his tweets below:
That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can’t wait to see The Irishman.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 4, 2019
No. I’m comparing people judging films they haven’t seen to people judging films they haven’t seen. https://t.co/a2jeaTe3ey— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 4, 2019
Gunn makes a good point, it's quite unfair to judge a movie that someone hasn't seen yet. Although to be fair, Scorsese did say that he attempted to watch some MCU films, he just isn't into them. Perhaps, if his comments didn't go as far as dubbing the franchise as "not cinema," then people could simply agree to disagree on the matter. The fact that he also implied that they do not have the emotional elements that make films moving is totally off base. While the MCU installments have their fair share of flaws (they're monotonous and generally have bad villains), one thing that Marvel Studios is really good at is humanizing their characters in a way that people feel for them, and that's one of the primary reasons why they're so successful. That's quite an impressive feat considering that the universe deals with mystic arts and out-of-this-world beings.
Amidst all this, Scorsese has the right to his own opinion, just like everybody else. And considering the variety of films and movies available now, one would be hard pressed to find something that pleases every one. People should just be respectful of others' preferences when it comes to their entertainment. On that note, one shouldn't unequivocally bring down something just because they don't like it, out of respect for people who do, and most importantly, people who work on them.
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