Robert Downey Jr. Reacts To Martin Scorsese’s Criticism Of Marvel

Avengers: Endgame star Robert Downey Jr. shared his thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s recent critical comments on Marvel films.

Last week, acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese stirred up a spirited conversation on the internet after making critical comments about Marvel films. During an interview with Empire Magazine, Martin Scorsese noted that while the Marvel films are well-made with actors trying their best, he doesn’t consider them to be “cinema.”

Of course, Martin Scorsese’s comments prompted an online debate over whether or not the filmmaker had a point and what constitutes “cinema.” While speaking on The Howard Stern Show, Robert Downey Jr. weighed in on Martin Scorsese’s criticism, noting that he appreciates the filmmaker’s opinion but that it does not make sense to claim the Marvel films aren’t cinema:

“I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything. We need all the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on. It’d be like saying ‘Howard Stern isn’t radio.’ It makes no sense to say it.”

The conversation turned to the success of the Marvel films and how they have dominated the box office over the past decade. However, when Howard Stern suggested Martin Scorsese might be frustrated with Marvel’s success, Robert Downey Jr. appeared to disagree:

“When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal. […] Do you actually think Martin Scorsese is upset about Marvel movies?”

Over ten years ago, Robert Downey Jr. made his debut as Iron Man and played a critical role in launching Marvel Studios’ highly-successful cinematic universe. A decade later, Iron Man’s journey came to an end with Avengers: Endgame and Robert Downey Jr. received acclaim for what is intended to be his final performance as the hero.

What do you think of Martin Scorsese’s comments? Let us know below!

Here is the official synopsis for Robert Downey Jr.’s Avengers: Endgame:

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo,  Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Endgame is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Source: The Howard Stern Show (via The Wrap)

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