Martin Scorsese: “They Never Asked Me to Make a Marvel Movie”


During a recent roundtable organized by the Hollywood Reporter, Martin Scorsese was asked again about his relationship with the Marvel Studios films and whether the opportunity to direct one personally was presented.

The director replied, ” No. This possibility never came. I remember when Disneyland was built. I’m so old, you know? I was there in 1970 in Los Angeles and one of the aspirations of the studios was to become part of American culture as it was Disneyland. And the first studio to realize that aspiration was Universal with the tour. Then you just have to add the blockbusters on top of this, why not? People go to see them at the cinema, have fun. These things in general. So the sense of theme parks has always been there. It’s not a bad thing. Usually, we liked going to amusement parks. But now in an amusement park, you also have movies. “

The last part of Scorsese’s speech is an echo of the previous statements about Marvel Studios, accomplices according to the director of turning out films more similar to theme parks than to real cinema, as he intends it, according to his culture and according to how he grew up. ” Many of the elements that define cinema are present in Marvel films – he said – what is missing is a revelation, mystery, or genuine emotional transport. There is no risk. The films are made to meet a specific request and they are designed on a series of variations of a finite number of themes “.

Recently, then, Scorsese had re-launched the controversy affirming apocalyptically that due to the high demand for cinecomic, his The Irishman could also be the last film of his career: ” It’s just that there is no room for other types of film. I don’t know how many more I can do, maybe it is. The Irishman is perhaps the last. So the idea was at least to make it happen and maybe show it for a day at the NFT, maybe a day at the Cinémathèque in Paris. I’m not kidding. Now we are in a situation where cinemas only show the latest superhero movies. You have twelve screens, and eleven are for superhero movies. You like superhero movies, okay, but do you need eleven screens? It’s crazy for a movie like I don’t know, Lady Bird or The Souvenir. These films may not necessarily be extremely commercial, but there are films that are modest and genuine and find a large audience. Just because a film is commercial doesn’t mean it can’t be art. “

After The Irishman, however, Scorsese is already working on his next film Killers of the Flower Moon, with the couple DiCaprio / De Niro.