Thanos may have been snapped out of existence, but there are still those who aren’t utterly fond of the Avengers. Or superhero movies, in general. And no, they aren’t supervillains like Lex Luthor or something.
They’re Academy Award-winning directors. And equally powerful breed of humans who hold major sway in their industry. While it all began with Martin Scorsese infamously declaring that he thought Marvel movies aren’t cinema, it looks like Francis Ford Coppola wants to jump on the bandwagon.
The Irishman director’s comment on films coming out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ruffled a lot of feathers, with MCU directors like James Gunn and Taika Waititi, and even actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. weighing in on it.
However, now his fellow Oscar-winning director who helmed The Godfather trilogy has not only backed his comment, but also took the criticism to a whole new level for what Scorsese called ‘theme park films’.
Francis Ford Coppola’s comment is bound to antagonize a lot of Marvel fans who are already seething at Scorsese for his opinion. There are those who think both these exemplary filmmakers have more than earned their right to have such strong opinions, which might even have merit to some extent.
However, many believe that you cannot uphold one brand of cinema by putting down another, In the end, isn’t it all about entertainment? And let’s not forget that Marvel films are some of the highest-grossing movies of all time.
Funnily enough, there are many who’ve dug up old news reports that talk about how Ryan Coogler, director of the highly acclaimed Black Panther, screened the film for Coppola, and he liked it!
However, there are those who call for a healthy, more practical debate on why directors of Scorsese and Coppola’s time and stature might think this way, and whether it even matters that we’re having a discussion about this.
Better yet, some want that the question is taken to a bunch of other directors whose responses might be interesting!
Looks like it might get ugly in here. Somebody keep the Avengers ready on speed dial to deal with this mess!