As we all remember, Martin Scorsese sparked backlash during an interview with Empire magazine when he made comments about Marvel movies not being real “cinema”. From James Gunn to Robert Downey Jr. to Bob Iger to Francis Ford Coppola to John Woo, everyone seemed to have chimed in about the ordeal. Things have since simmered down, but Scorsese’s daughter, actress Francesca Scorsese had what could be the best response to her father’s opinion about Marvel Studios films.
She took to her Instagram stories and posted a photo of Christmas presents adorned in Marvel-themed wrapping with the caption, “Look at what I am wrapping my Dad’s X-mas gifts in.” This was obviously a trolling, playful jab at her dad which could very well be the best way to end this debate and close this chapter of cinematic divisiveness.
During his interview with Empire in October, Martin Scorsese said in regards to Marvel movies: “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. He continued; “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
In a New York Times op-ed, Scorsese unpacked his thoughts about comic book movies. “Many films today are perfect products manufactured for immediate consumption,” he wrote. “Many of them are well made by teams of talented individuals. All the same, they lack something essential to cinema: the unifying vision of an individual artist.” He added that the way these films and franchises dominate “is brutal and inhospitable to art.”
Earlier this month, Disney boss Bob Iger was planning on meeting with The Irishman director to hash things out.
Check out Francesca Scorsese’s Instagram story post below.