Acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese made waves earlier this month when he denounced Marvel Cinematic Universe films as not being cinema, and rather more akin to "theme parks." Despite earning some flak from filmmakers and actors from the MCU, the Academy Award-winning director took his comments a step further, suggesting that moviegoers shouldn't be allowing these films to invade cinemas worldwide. Now, fellow Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola has not only seconded Scorsese's comments but gone as far as to declare Marvel films "despicable."
According to Yahoo!, Coppola called MCU films despicable while speaking with journalists in Lyon, France, where he was honored with the Prix Lumiere for his contributions to cinema. "When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he's right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration," Coppola said. "I don't know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it's not cinema. He didn't say it's despicable, which I just say it is."
Scorsese was met with much criticism from those involved in the making of not just Marvel movies but movies and television series based on comics or graphic novels. In the days following his criticisms, Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn tweeted that he was "saddened" by the comments from one of his most beloved filmmakers, while Nebula actor Karen Gillan backed up Marvel films as cinema, pointing directly to Gunn's films within the MCU and how personal they've been to him.
Others, including Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson and Tony Stark actor Robert Downey Jr., have also weighed in on Scorsese's comments. Showrunner for the upcoming HBO series Watchmen, Damon Lindelof, labeled Scorsese's comments as unfair, while lifelong comics fan, Kevin Smith suggested Scorsese actually made "the biggest superhero movie ever" with The Last Temptation of Christ.
Coppola also let drop details for his upcoming feature film, Megalopolis, which has yet to receive a release date. "I would say it's the most ambitious film (I've worked on) -- more than Apocalypse Now," Coppola said of Megalopolis. "That's the problem. I think it would cost more than Apocalypse Now. It would be the biggest budget I ever had to work with."