Martin Scorsese Says Marvel Movies Are 'Not Cinema'

Jessica Bowman
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It is safe to say that legendary director Martin Scorsese is not a fan of comic book films.

Digital Spy reports that the Oscar-winning filmmaker sat down with Empire this week for an interview promoting his forthcoming film The Irishman, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. During the chat, Scorsese shared his opinion about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it wasn’t pretty.

The Goodfellas director admitted that he doesn’t watch MCU films anymore, explaining, “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks.”

“It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being,” Scorsese continued.

Though the Taxi Driver director has a 50-year career and a plethora of awards under his belt, millions of people don't share the same opinion with him on this point. But when you are Martin Scorsese, you can afford to have the world disagree with you about movies.