In the latest Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, James Gunn talks Scorsese superhero movie criticism, again. I’m just not sure this was a subject that needed to be dragged by up by interviewer Josh Horowitz on the show, but hey ho, here we are. If you remember Martin Scorsese, who no one doubt’s is a genius, told the world he didn’t like MCU movies. It was especially poignant at the time because the movie out were Infinity War, Endgame, Far From Home etc. and those were all great movies.
I never quite understood why this was big news anyway. Ultimately audiences will go and see the movies they enjoy and currently that’s MCU movies. Sorry Martin, but much as I love your movies, only a couple would rank up there as some of my favorites, and I like Marcel movies on the most part. We all have different taste after all? Well at the time I remember James Gunn arguing against what Scorsese was saying online and I happened to agree with the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad director. Here is what was said on the Podcast, which is new.
“I just think it seems awful cynical that he would keep coming out against Marvel and then that is the only thing that would get him press for his movie. So he just kept coming out against Marvel so that he could get press for his movie. He’s creating his movie in the shadow of the Marvel films, and so he uses that to get attention for something he wasn’t getting as much attention as he wanted for it.”
However Gunn then went on to say how much he respects Scorsese as a filmmaker.
“He’s one of the greatest filmmakers who’s ever existed. I love his movies. I can watch his movies with no problem. And he said a lot of things I agree with. There are a lot of things that are true about what he said. There are a lot of heartless, soulless, spectacle films out there that don’t reflect what should be happening.”
I agree there are a lot of soulless comic book movies out there. However, let’s be clear that Scorsese was going after the MCU specifically, as opposed to other comic book properties.
Horowitz took a bit of flack online for shepherding Gunn into this conversation again. So afterwards came some damage control.
Also for the record, Martin Scorsese is probably the world’s greatest living American filmmaker. I love & study his films & will continue to love & study his films. I disagree with him solely on one point: That films based on comic books are innately not cinema, that’s all. 🙏 https://t.co/By9IBe8HAm
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 4, 2021
As for Horowitz stand that this was ’90 seconds of a 45 minute chat’? Well sure, but those were the 90 seconds he used to promote this edition of the Podcast, so….. not much sympathy online. Personally I have nothing against it, if Gunn wanted to move on he could have just said, ‘Aw that’s in the past, let’s move forward.’
What do you think as James Gunn talks Scorsese superhero movie criticism, again? Are you like me that thinks it’s time to just let old Marty say what he wants and get on with it? Sound off below.