In 2019, Martin Scorsese assured that Marvel films were not cinema. A statement that had been talked about a lot and on which James Gunn recently returned.
Two years ago, in full promotion of The Irishman, Martin Scorsese had said in an interview with Empire do not view Marvel films as cinema. Words that had sparked controversy and to which many directors reacted as Todd phillips, the russo brothers, or more recently Zack Snyder.
Lately, it is James Gunn, to whom we owe the two Guardians of the Galaxy films but also The Suicide Squad (currently in theaters), who returned to the statements of the cult filmmaker during his visit to the film. Happy Sad Confused podcast by Josh Horowitz:
I just find it terribly cynical that he continues to oppose Marvel and that is the only thing that allows him to get publicity for his film.
And to continue: “He’s creating his movie in the shadow of the Marvel movies and so he’s using that to get attention for something that wasn’t getting as much of it as he wanted it to be.“
Despite everything, the one who will soon take on the Guardians 3 admitted: “He is one of the best directors in history. I love his movies. I can watch his films without any problem. And he said a lot of things that I agree with. There are a lot of things that were true. There are a lot of heartless and soulless big-show movies that don’t reflect what should be happening.”
A SINGLE POINT OF DIVERGENCE
On Twitter, Josh Horowitz then recalled that his goal with this interview which was starting to make the buzz had never been to “start a war between two directors whom (he) admires”.
A message to which James Gunn replied, reiterating his love for Martin Scorsese’s cinema and clarifying that there is only one point on which their opinions differ, which is that “films based on comic books are by nature not cinema”. A point of view that, you will understand, the author of The Suicide Squad does not share.
The Suicide Squad trailer: