While speaking with BBC, Iger was asked what his thoughts were on Scorsese's critical comments, to which he responded, "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. I think he has made some great 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," he continued. "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...I don't think he's ever seen a Marvel film... Anyone who has seen a Marvel film could not in all truth make that statement."
With the immense influence Scorsese's work has had throughout Hollywood, many actors and fellow directors close to Marvel Studios have chosen to voice their various stances on the topic. However, while Scorsese has yet to officially comment on Iger's response specifically, the director did recently clarify his criticism, adding that the superhero genre is just a "different" kind of cinematic art.
Scorsese's latest film, The Irishman, arrives on Netflix Nov. 27 following a limited theatrical release beginning Nov. 1. The film is based on a memoir entitled I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt and stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)