Martin Scorsese’s daughter, actress Francesca Scorsese, has enjoyed a little bit of Christmas trolling with the Marvel Cinematic Universe making a surprise appearance.
After an action-packed 2019, Scorsese has created headlines both with the release of his Netflix epic The Irishman, as well as his prolonged criticism of superhero films and the growing popularity of Marvel films.
In what originally started with an explosive interview with Esquire, Scorsese said: “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” he said when asked about Marvel before adding: “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.”
Given the controversy around his comments, every interview Scorsese conducted around the promotion of his recent film would include a question directed about Marvel. The acclaimed director managed to ruffle some more feathers while speaking at the Rome Film Festival when he urged young people to look beyond Marvel in the pursuit of cinematic achievements: “Right now, the theatres seem to be mainly supporting the theme park, amusement park, comic book films. They’re taking over the theatres,” he told the press in Rome.
“I think they can have those films; it’s fine. It’s just that that shouldn’t become what our young people believe is cinema. It just shouldn’t,” he added.
Despite later conceding that Marvel films are “a new art form”, Scorsese’s daughter wasn’t about to let him get away with it during their family festive celebrations. Having uploaded pictures of her wrapped Christmas presents to social media, Francesca wrote: “Look at what I am wrapping my Dad’s X-mas gifts in.”
See the image, below.