As director Martin Scorsese proceeds to share his views on Marvel movies not being cinema because they don’t include “human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
Fans have been thinking what Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige thoughts are on this matter, and he ultimately responded during an interview with Scott Feinberg on The Hollywood Reporter’s podcast Awards Chatter. Obviously, he supported his movies and the risks that they take saying:
“I think that’s not true. I think it’s unfortunate. I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people.
“We did Civil War. We had our two most popular characters get into a very serious theological and physical altercation. We killed half of our characters at the end of a movie. I think it’s fun for us to take our success and use it to take risks and go in different places.”
I’m not sure using the example of killing off half the characters in the Infinity War is a good case because, well… they brought them all back to life! But, the Marvel movies have explored some difficult subject matters with their characters over the years.
Feige goes on to admit that he and Scorsese may have varying definitions of what “risk” involves in Hollywood, and ends on a diplomatic note saying that “Everybody is entitled to their opinion”:
“Everybody has a different definition of cinema. Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk. Some people don’t think it’s cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion, and I look forward to what will happen next. But in the meantime, we’re going to keep making movies.”