Russo Brothers on Martin Scorsese's criticism of Marvel films: Nobody owns cinema

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 18, 2019, 08.19 PM (IST)

Ever since Martin Scorsese termed Marvel films as 'not cinema', there has been a raging debate over the topic with conflicting opinions in Hollywood. While filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola and Ken Loach have supported Scorsese's comment, a slew of Marvel actors like Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chadwick Boseman defended the MCU.

'Avengers: Endgame' directors Joe and Anthony Russo have now reacted to the statement and stated that nobody really owns cinema and it is a matter of perception. 

“Ultimately, we define cinema as a film that can bring people together to have a shared, emotional experience,” Joe told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview. “When we look at the box office (of) 'Avengers: Endgame', we don’t see that as a signifier of financial success, we see it as a signifier of emotional success.” 

"It’s a movie that had an unprecedented impact on audiences around the world in the way that they shared that narrative and the way that they experienced it. And the emotions they felt watching it," he added. 

Scorsese had earlier compared the MCU movies to a ‘theme park ride’. In a New York Times op-ed, he had written, “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

Joe continued, “But, at the end of the day, what do we know? We’re just two guys from Cleveland, Ohio, and ‘cinema’ is a New York word. In Cleveland, we call them movies.” Anthony chimed in: “The other way to think about it, too, is nobody owns cinema. We don’t own cinema. You don’t own cinema. Scorsese doesn’t own cinema.”

The last of the 'Avengers' series, 'Endgame' broke multiple box office records during its theatrical run.

Scorsese's next 'The Irishman'  is up for a Netflix release later this month. The film will have limited release in select theatres. It is reportedy the most expensive original film Netflix has ever produced.

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'Avengers: Endgame' directors Joe and Anthony Russo have now reacted to the statement and stated that nobody really owns cinema and it is a matter of perception.