Legendary B-movie director Roger Corman has joined Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola in criticizing Marvel films.
The director was recently asked by The Hollywood Reporter for his opinion on the comments made by Coppola and Scorsese about Marvel films. "I’ve read what they said, and I think I agree with them to a certain extent. As pure cinema, as a pure art form, these films don’t qualify," he said. "But, if you say it is a combination of an art form and a business, then they do qualify."
While Corman did praise the special effects in Marvel films, he called the production "standard" and the stories "simplistic."
Corman has been making films for decades, beginning with 1954's Five Guns West. He has worked as an actor, producer and writer on many films. He is also known for adapting several Edgar Allen Poe stories to film. The last film Corman directed was the 1990 science fiction movie Frankenstein Unbound.
Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn and several Marvel film stars have spoken out against Scorsese and Coppola's criticisms. Even those not involved in Marvel films have come to their defense, including filmmaker Kevin Smith and Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof.