Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has responded for the very first time in public to the controversy bordering superhero videos very first sparked in Oct by Martin Scorsese, who explained they were being “not cinema” and nearer to “theme parks”.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Feige brushed off Scorsese’s remarks, saying: “I feel that is not legitimate. I feel it’s regrettable.”
Feige extra: “I feel myself and absolutely everyone who will work on these videos enjoys cinema, enjoys videos, enjoys heading to the videos, enjoys to view a communal practical experience in a motion picture theatre total of persons.”
Scorsese’s views were being backed up by fellow administrators this kind of as Francis Ford Coppola, who explained Marvel’s output as “despicable” and Ken Loach, who named them “cynical”. Film-makers this kind of as Joss Whedon and James Gunn, even so, defended the Marvel franchise, while Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, which owns Marvel, explained: “I don’t get what [Coppola and Scorsese are] criticising us for when we’re earning movies that persons are clearly experiencing heading to and they’re carrying out so by the thousands and thousands.”
Even so, Scorsese afterwards amplified his criticism of superhero videos with an report in the New York Instances, in which he explained he felt a “terrible sadness” about the state of the industry.
Feige explained: “Everybody has a distinct definition of cinema. Every person has a distinct definition of artwork. Every person has a distinct definition of danger. Some persons don’t feel it’s cinema. Every person is entitled to their impression. Every person is entitled to repeat that impression. Every person is entitled to compose op-eds about that impression, and I appear ahead to what will take place subsequent. But, in the meantime, we’re heading to keep earning videos.”
Feige, who is generally considered the most important creative power behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has overseen the release of 23 MCU movies considering the fact that 2008 with a around the world box workplace of more than $22bn, earning it by considerably the most productive film franchise of all time. Feige has also been questioned to collaborate on a new instalment in the Star Wars sequence, the next maximum grossing franchise of all time.