Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has spoken up about writer/director Martin Scorsese's criticism of Marvel films - respectfully saying that while everybody is "entitled to their opinion," he says Scorsese's criticisms are false.
"I think that's not true. I think it's unfortunate," Feige said on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast. "I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people."
Feige specifically defends against Scorsese's criticism that Marvel Studios film have no "revelation, mystery, or genuine emotional danger," pointing out the mass-deaths at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
"We killed half of our characters at the end of a movie," Feige said. "I think it's fun for us to take our success and use it to take risks and go in different places."
"Everybody has a different definition of cinema. Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk," Feige continued. "Some people don't think it's cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion, and I look forward to what will happen next. But in the meantime, we're going to keep making movies."
Feige goes on to specifically point to The Eternals as an example of Marvel Studios taking risks.
"It is a very big movie. It is a very expensive movie. And we are making it because we believe in [Chloe Zhao's] vision and we believe in what those characters can do and we believe we need to continue to grow and evolve and change and push our genre forward," said Feige. "That's a risk if I've ever heard one."