The President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, has finally responded to Martin Scorsese's recent comments about superhero films. Speaking first in Empire magazine, Scorsese likened the Marvel and DC Comics films to theme park rides, stating he did not think such movies constituted real cinema.
Many directors have come out on both sides of the issue since Scorsese's original comments, with Roland Emmerich agreeing with him while others, much of them having been part of Marvel's universe themselves, disagreed. Although Martin Scorsese later clarified his opinions via a New York Times op-ed article, many fans still felt his statements were both hurtful and untrue.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter for the first time on the subject of Scorsese's criticisms, Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige says he see things somewhat differently. "It's not true," he says, defending his company's passion. "Everyone that works on these movies loves cinema." Feige goes on to speak about how important a communal experience in a movie theater full of people is, saying "Everyone has a different idea of cinema."
These comments are but some of many featured in a 40+ minute interview with Feige, one which details the history of Marvel's Cinematic Universe starting at 2008's Iron Man and going all the way to the present day. Speaking about the success of his company's films, Feige said "I think it's fun for us to take our success and use it to take risks and go in different places... Everybody has a different definition of art." Although he contends everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it's easy to see Scorsese's comments got under Feige's skin slightly, as he adds, "Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion. And I look forward to what will happen next. But in the meantime, we're going to keep making movies."
With the promise of so many Marvel Studios Phase 4 movies like Black Widow and Black Panther 2 on the horizon, Feige and the MCU will surely follow through on their statement to keep making movies into the foreseeable future. While the debate as to what actually constitutes cinema will most likely continue for a few more weeks, hopefully now that Feige has responded things will begin to go back to normal. To many, cinema simply consists of any film which comes out in a theater, and to many others it is a classy abstract definition which encompasses more of a feeling or idea than anything tangible. At least, for now, we know the MCU considers itself to be just as cinematic as everyone else. It's right there in the name, after all.