Hyderabad: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus writer and director Terry Gilliam comments on marvel movies by suggesting “Marvel does a poor job in accurately depicting reality”. He tells Indiewire, ” I don’t like that we all have to be some kind superheroes do anything worth. That’s what makes me mad. That’s what these movies are teaching to young people. And for me, it’s not confronting the reality of, the human condition. You know what it is like to be a normal human in difficult situations and resolving them surviving. I can’t fault them for the sheer spectacle, except it’s repetitive. You still have to blow up another city.”
He also went on to comment on Academy Award nominee Black Panther saying “I hated Black Panther. It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bullshit. It’s utter bullshit.”
The cycle of thrashing marvel cinematic universe started somewhere in October by the acclaimed director of Taxi Driver, Goodfellas & The Irishman Martin Scorsese who said Marvel film is not cinema. In an interview to Empire magazine when asked has he watched any marvel films Scorsese said “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema.” He continued: “Honestly, the closest I think of them, as well made as they are, it’s theme parks.”
“It isn’t the cinema of humans trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” This comment led to a lot of outrage in fans and artist behind Marvel films. Many marvel directors like Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and The Avengers director Joss Whedon opposed this comment.
Scorsese was later joined by The Godfathers director Francis Ford Coppola in trashing Marvel. Coppola said “ I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say they are it’s despicable, which I say it is.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger finally then replied to Scorsese and Coppola by saying “ I’m puzzled by it. If they want to b**ch about movies, it’s certainly their right. It seems extremely disrespectful to all the artist who works on those films which are working just as hard as the people who are working on their films and are putting their creative souls on the film just like they are.” He concluded by saying “Are you telling me that Ryan Coogler making Black Panther is doing something that somehow or another is less than anything Scorsese or Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Come on.”