Now things are getting serious.
“I’m puzzled by it. If they want to bitch about movies, it’s certainly their right,” Iger said in a conversation with Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Matt Murray. “It seems so disrespectful to all the people that work on those [Marvel] films who are working just as hard as the people who work on their films.
He continued: "Are you telling me Ryan Coogler making ‘Black Panther’ is somehow doing something that is less than what Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola has ever done on any one of their movies?”
Scorsese kicked things off in early October, saying that MCU films are "not cinema" and calling them "theme parks." He later doubled down on his comments, saying "They’re not cinema, they’re something else. And we shouldn’t be invaded by them." Coppola defended Scorsese, calling the films "despicable."
Iger is not the first to come to the defense of the MCU. Marvel stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr. and Karen Gillan all responded , along with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Damon Lindelof and Kevin Smith also called out the two directors for their comments.