Mike Flanagan has used Martin Scorsese’s words against him in defence of Marvel films
As the Hollywood beef between Marvel comics and esteemed directors such as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola continues to rumble on, the director of Doctor Sleep; Mike Flanagan has moved to use Scorsese’s words against him in defence of Marvel films.
The director of the sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, the Ewan McGregor starring Doctor Sleep moved to defend Marvel using Scorsese’s previous comments to prove a point.
In an interview with Cinepop, Flanagan remembered a previous comment from Scorsese which he believes ratifies the franchises as “cinema” despite Scorsese’s protestations.
After saying he disagreed with Scorsese’s comments, highlighting his point by saying he cried when watching Avengers: Endgame he went on to quote Scorsese and say “movies are our dreams,” and that because of it no one dream is better than any other.
Flanagan’s comments have come in response to Scorsese after he was asked if he had been swept away in the surge of recent superhero-inspired films, to which he replied: “I tried, you know?” in an interview with Esquire Magazine. “But that’s not cinema.”
He added: “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.” His comments, quite predictably, were met with instant refutal by members of the Marvel elite and, despite the furore around his criticism, Scorsese again doubled down on his opinion by adding: “The value of a film that is like a theme park film, for example, the Marvel pictures, where the theatres become amusement parks. That’s a different experience. It’s not cinema. It’s something else. Whether you go for it or not, it is something else. We shouldn’t be invaded by it,” he said after the premiere of his recent three-and-a-half-hour film.
“And so, that’s a big issue. We need the theatre owners to step up for that. To allow theatres to show films that are narrative films. A narrative film can be one long take for three hours, you know? It doesn’t have to be a conventional beginning, middle, and end,” he added.