Marvel filmmaker Jon Favreau has finally responded to the king of crime filmmaker, Martin Scorsese’s Marvel ‘is not cinema’ comment. Speaking about the ongoing tug of war about whether the Marvel Cinematic Universe films qualify as true cinema, Jon Favreau, speaking his mind says that legends like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola have "earned the right" to express their opinion, whatever it might be.
"These two guys are my heroes, and they have earned the right to express their opinions. I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing if they didn't carve the way.
"They served as a source of inspiration, you can go all the way back to 'Swingers'... They can express whatever opinion they like," the Iron Man filmmaker told CNBC.
It was 1996's critical and commercial hit "Swingers" that propelled the careers of its writer Favreau, director Doug Liman, and star cast Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, and Ron Livingston.
Scorsese had likened the MCU movies to "theme parks" experience rather than true cinema, sparking a controversy in Hollywood with noted names Coppola and Ken Loach joining him in criticising the superhero dramas.
Favreau also discussed the rapidly changing entertainment landscape, which he said is creating "a great deal of uncertainty" but also "a lot of opportunity".
Citing the upcoming "The Irishman" as example, the filmmaker said, "You see Scorsese with 'The Irishman', I don't know that that would have been possible, with that budget level, and the technology required to tell that story, in a more traditional model."
Scorsese, who is behind some of Hollywood’s greatest movies in an earlier interview with a magazine said,
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being’’.