Marvel fans will bitterly remember Martin Scorsese’s 2019 op-ed against superhero movies, stating that they are not real cinema. Revered director Ridley Scott added his voice to the debate, calling superhero movies “boring as shit”.
Cinema legends Scorsese and Scott aren’t the only ones criticizing the genre, with even The suicide squad Director James Gunn also called most superhero movies boring. Scott’s comments came while he was campaigning for his new feature film, Gucci House, and he definitely had some irrelevant things to say about the modern superhero genre.
Scott didn’t mince words when he spoke about the importance of the characters in the film during an interview with Deadline. âThe best movies are character driven, and we’ll come to the superheroes after that if you want, because I’m going to crush him. I’m going to crush him. ***,â Scott said. When asked to elaborate, Scott criticized the scripts, in particular, saying simply that “they’re not really good” and that the movies are “mostly saved by special effects”. Scott went on to say that he himself made “three great scripted superhero movies”, alluding to Extraterrestrial, Gladiator, and the first Blade runner.
The remarks angered Marvel fans on social media, with many echoing Gunn’s criticisms of Scorsese’s Marvel hatred as a simple attempt to publicize his latest film. Scott himself did not specify which particular films he was referring to, suggesting a lack of real knowledge of recent releases, but criticism against the genre is nothing new. Dune Director Denis Villeneuve has called many films in the genre “cut-and-paste” versions of the same story, and Francis Ford Coppola even called the MCU “despicable” in defense of Scorsese’s comments. Yet superhero movies continue to dominate the blockbuster genre, not only generating huge profits for the studios, but also creating huge fandoms that unite and connect a wide range of people.
However, the complete rejection of potentially valid criticisms from great authors could be seen as a knee-jerk reaction, without delving into the concern that underlies them. Indeed, some fans agree with Scott, citing the MCU’s lackluster entry. Eternals This year as validation of its declarations. The film was denounced as having a script devoid of rich and colorful characters and which was plagued with too much emphasis on the exhibition rather than the story. Marvel’s powerful lack of risk-taking seen before in Eternals could unfortunately be seen as corroborating Scott’s rejection of many films in the genre as “boring”. Some see the movie as a lingering reminder that maybe the best is behind Marvel Studios after Avengers: Endgame discontinued in 2019.
Still, cynics might see the attention to Scott’s latest comments as just an addition to a fabricated storm of training one genre against another, a false dichotomy that ignores the fact that different genres exist and different people have. different opinions about them. Whichever way moviegoers choose to view it, superhero blockbusters are a valuable incentive for theaters to return after a harsh string of shutdowns due to COVID-19, and they’re not going away anytime soon. Nor, it seems, the criticisms of them.
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