Yes, that’s right, faithful LRM Online readers. In spite of your constant protests about us covering comments regarding Martin Scorsese and Marvel movies being cinema, there continue to be follow-ups to said comments. Just last week, Scorsese himself embellished on this very point (and our own Fox Troilo rebutted it — respectfully, of course). Now, the saga continues.
Recently, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige sat down with THR, where he discussed a whole myriad of topics. Of course, the comments from Scorsese came up, leading to a pretty long response from the Marvel boss.
“Many of the elements that define cinema as I know it are there in Marvel pictures. What’s not there is revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger. Nothing is at risk. I think that’s not true. I think it’s unfortunate. I think myself and everybody that works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people… 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 cinema. Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk. Some people don’t think it’s cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. 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.”
And in regards to how they took risks, Feige said:
“We did Civil War. We had our two most popular characters get into a very serious theological and physical altercation. We killed half of our characters at the end of a movie [Avengers: Infinity War]. I think it’s fun for us to take our success and use it to take risks and go in different places.”
While I could argue that they really didn’t kill off half of their characters, I do agree with his overall point. The MCU, for all its flaws, has taken some pretty big risks, and most recently, in Avengers: Endgame, they nixed three major players in the lineup, including Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Natasha Romanoff.
On the whole, this universe continues to evolve, and while some may question whether or not it measures up to “cinema,” I think it’s great, long-form storytelling.
But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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