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Martin Scorsese Doubles Down on Marvel Films Not Being Cinema, Says Theaters Should ‘Step Up’

October 14, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Martin Scorsese isn’t backing down on his opinion that Marvel films aren’t cinema. The Irishman director spoke at a press conference on Sunday (per THR) and reinforced his statement earlier in the month that Marvel films weren’t cinema, but instead were “theme parks.”

“It’s not cinema, it’s something else,” the director said. “We shouldn’t be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films.”

This follows comments he made on Saturday reiterating his stance on what is cinema and what isn’t, saying, “Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don’t invade everything else in that sense,” he said. “That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.”

Scorsese’s The Irishman hits Netflix on November 27th.