Martin Scorsese caused great controversy in 2019 by harshly criticizing the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the superhero genre in general, creating a rift between fans and those who agreed with the legendary director of films like «Taxi Driver» and «The Irishman». Time has passed, but it is a theme that has remained, so Tom Holland decided to come out in defense of the franchise.
«I don’t see them. I’ve tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest thing to them I can think of, despite how well done they are, with the actors doing their best under the circumstances, are amusement parks. That is not cinema of human beings trying to express emotional and physical experiences to another human being«, the filmmaker assure at the time.
A few months ago Denis Villeneuve held the same opinion. The British actor, who recently premiered worldwide «Spider-Man: No Way Home«, a film that became the most successful of the year and throughout the pandemic. In a conversation with The Hollywood reporter Holland said:
“You can ask Scorsese ‘Would you want to make a Marvel movie?’ But he doesn’t know what it’s like because he’s never made one. I’ve made Marvel movies & movies that have been in conversation for Oscars & the only difference is one is much more expensive than other”
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«Would you want to make a Marvel movie?’ but he doesn’t know what it’s like because he’s never made one«, in relation to his sayings from his past, as well as from other personalities who defenestrated superhero cinema.
«I’ve made Marvel movies and I’ve also made movies that have been in the conversation in the world of the Oscars, and the only difference, really, is one is much more expensive than the other. But the way I break down the character, the way the director etches out the arc of the story and characters, it’s all the same, just done on a different scale. So I do think they’re real art.«, he added.