Variety spoke with Lindelof at the premiere of Watchmen, the HBO series he created based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' comic series of the same name, and he explained that painting all Marvel movies with the same brush is the wrong approach.
"There’s a space in Marvel movies that they are beginning to explore and are beginning to be provocative and interesting," he said. "Logan or Black Panther are very close in my opinion to cinema and to put all Marvel movies in the same box doesn’t seem fair."
Though Logan and Black Panther come from two different studios, the sentiment is still fair. While there may be similarities between Marvel Cinematic Universe films or even superhero movies at large, attacking them all does a disservice to some of the best films in the genre. However, Lindelof also thinks Scorsese's comments may be ill-informed.
"I’m just curious as to how many Marvel movies he has seen," Lindelof said. "I don’t view it as a put down. I think there has to be space for popular entertainment and indie fare and cinema."
Though the famed director hasn't disclosed how many Marvel movies he's seen, it's possible he hasn't been keeping up with them. Still, his interest in cinema (and producing a comic movie in Joker) means he's probably taken in a few.
Regardless, his comments haven't been met with much approval — though that hasn't stopped Scorsese from doubling-down on his criticisms.