Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige Opens Up On Martin Scorsese’s MCU Criticism

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Marvel movies and whether they should be considered ‘cinema’ or not, and most of this is down to Martin Scorsese’s comments, which Kevin Feige has now responded to.

The legendary filmmaker revealed that he doesn’t really consider Marvel movies to be ‘cinema’, and comic book movie fans got rather annoyed about the whole thing.

Scorsese said that these Marvel movies fail to convey “emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

Kevin Feige responds to Scorsese’s Marvel movie comments

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Marvel Studios Kevin Feige MCU – Credit: Marvel

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There was then a huge backlash against the filmmaker, and he then put down his thoughts in a New York Times opinion piece, in which he wrote:

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. The pictures are made to satisfy a specific set of demands, and they are designed as variations on a finite number of themes.

Well, Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, has since replied to the criticisms rallied against the MCU movies during a recent appearance on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter Podcast, and he explained that these films are made by people with plenty of love for the medium, before suggesting that Marvel Studios isn’t as risk-averse as Scorsese has implied:

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.

Is Feige or Scorsese right?

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Kevin Feige has been promoted to Marvel’s Chief Content Officer – Credit: Marvel

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Feige then went on to talk about how art is a very subjective matter, and that everyone can have their own opinion on what cinema is or isn’t.

He also said that Marvel Studios is going to keep on doing what it does best:

“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.”

What do you make of all of this? Do you think Scorsese’s comments are fair or are you in agreement with Kevin Feige? Let us know in the comments below.

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