VETERAN film maker sees them as more of ''playing pretend'' then genuine human drama.

Renowned film-maker Martin Scorsese stated that Marvel movies are ''not cinema'' and compared superhero fare to theme parks.

According to Empire Magazine, The Departed director was questioned about the proliferation of the superhero genre that the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scorsese revealed that he initially tried to get into Marvel films and failed because he saw them as more of ''play pretend'' than genuine human drama.

Ahead of the release of his Netflix original film, The Irishman, which reunited him with his Goodfellas and Casino stars Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci, Scorsese stated, ''I don't see them, I tried, you know? But that's not cinema, 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.''

Scorsese's criticism was believed to be coming from Marvel's lack of awards success at Oscars and other film festivals, given the studio focuses more on entertaining its audience rather bagging awards and critical appreciation.

Kevin Feige stated last summer that Marvel is more concerned with capitivating moviegoers. ''Maybe it's easy to dismiss VFX or flying people or spaceships or billion dollar grosses.

I think that it's easy to say that you have already been awarded in a certain way. Alred Hitchcock never won best director, so it's very nice, but it doesn't mean everything. I would much rather be in a room full of engaged fans,'' he said.

James Gunn responded to the matter on his Twitter handle, claiming that Scorsese is being judgmental. However, after receiving a backlash for his comment, the 53-year-old wrote, ''For those tweeting me I'm somehow saying zealots picketing Last Temptation is NOT that they thought the film was blasphemous. Nor that they were picketing,''

Avengers director, Joss Whedon, also took to the micro-blogging site to support Feige.

According to Comic Book, Warner Bros' newest film JOKER, took inspiration from Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL AND the King Of Comedy.

In turn, Joker, recruited frequent Scorsese collaborator De Niro for his first comic book movie. Scorsese's The Irishman releases on Netflix on November 27. [Express Tribune/News Desk]


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