Gunn clarifies his recent comments about Scorsese’s 2019 critique of Marvel and superhero films in general & emphasizes his love for Scorsese’s work.
The Suicide Squad director James Gunn has cleared up some of his recent comments about Martin Scorsese‘s highly publicized remarks towards Marvel movies. Gunn broke into the mainstream filmmaking scene in 2014 with the first Guardians of the Galaxy and continued his success in the Marvel world in 2017 with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Now, he’s continuing his work in the superhero world by jumping to the DC world with his take on Task Force X in The Suicide Squad.
The roots of this story lay in 2019 when Martin Scorsese likened Marvel movies more to theme parks than cinema. His remarks spurred innumerable responses from fans and industry insiders, with many rushing to take a side in the discussion. One such insider was Gunn, who recently referred to Scorsese’s remarks as “cynical,” and said that Scorsese made his comments while promoting The Irishman in the “shadow” of the Marvel movies he was competing with at the time.
Gunn’s apparent rebuttal of Martin Scorsese generated a lot of discussion about the topic online. Seemingly sensing a need to add some context to the conversation, Gunn took to Twitter to elaborate on his points and clear up his attitude towards Scorsese as a filmmaker and a Hollywood icon. Check out his post below:
Also for the record, Martin Scorsese is probably the world’s greatest living American filmmaker. I love & study his films & will continue to love & study his films. I disagree with him solely on one point: That films based on comic books are innately not cinema, that’s all. 🙏 https://t.co/By9IBe8HAm
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 4, 2021
Gunn may have made headlines with his recent response to Scorsese, but he’s far from the only one. Scorsese’s comments about Marvel movies and the current state of superhero cinema eventually led to other high-profile Hollywood heavyweights adding their opinions to the conversation as well. Aquaman star, Jason Momoa, recently came out in opposition to Scorsese’s remarks about comic book movies. In contrast, Stillwater star, Matt Damon, recently took a more pessimistic take while publicly discussing them.
In the end, it’s worth keeping in mind that this ultimately isn’t a feud in the way that some have made it out to be. Scorsese offered up his own assessment of the current cinematic landscape (and Marvel’s place in that landscape) while Gunn provided a respectful rebuttal. Though many fans have decided to plant their flags in the Marvel vs. Scorsese debate and pit these two filmmakers against one another in a non-existent battle over the soul of cinema, the truth of the matter is that Gunn ultimately seems to understand Scorsese’s assessments and agrees with much of what he has said. As for Gunn’s contributions to the superhero movie landscape, The Suicide Squad will debut on August 6, and he will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on May 5, 2023.
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- The Suicide Squad (2021)Release date: Aug 06, 2021
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