The apparent feud between prestige film directors and the creators of Marvel Studios films just keeps going (this must be Phase 3, right?), with Disney Chairman Bob Iger once again weighing in on the derision his subsidiary's films have received from Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese - this time with a somewhat softer stance.
"Ouch! I think Martin Scorsese is a great filmmaker. I hope he hears this. I don't have a relationship with him, but it doesn't matter, I admire him immensely," Iger told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about Scorsese's comments. "I think he has made some great films. I look back and think of Goodfellas and Raging Bull to name just a few, Taxi Driver. Just a phenomenal filmmaker. And I think I would debate him on this subject."
"I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese previously stated . "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."
Iger addressed Scorsese's criticism directly, pointing to the fundamental aspects of filmmaking and cinema as the same fundamental aspects of Marvel Studios films.
"First of all, Marvel is making movies - they are movies, that's what Martin Scorsese makes - and they are good movies: good directors and good writers and good actors and good cinematographers and good costume designers and good sound engineers and good editors," Iger contined. "I can go on and on. These are talented, talented people that are putting their hard work and talent into making films that entertain people in theaters around the world.... They have a good two-hour experience. They come out feeling happy or better about themselves."
"I don't think he's ever seen a Marvel film," Iger concluded, somewhat contradicting Scorsese's own statement he had "tried" Marvel films. "Anyone who has seen a Marvel film could not in all truth make that statement...I'd like to have a glass of wine with him. I like Martin Scorsese."
Iger previously took a harder stance in response to Scorsese's comments and similar comments from Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, saying "If they want to bitch about movies it’s certainly their right. It seems so disrespectful to all the people who work on those films who are working just as hard as the people who are working on their films and are putting their creative souls on the line just like they are."
"Are you telling me that Ryan Coogler making Black Panther is doing something that somehow or another is less than anything Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Come on,” Iger said at the time.