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Martin Scorsese urges cinemas to stop the invasion of Marvel films


Martin Scorsese has continued his tirade against the Marvel movie explosion by urging cinemas to stand up and stop the invasion.

The iconic director, who is famed for his work on pictures such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, has again found himself at the centre of widespread acclaim following the premiere of his latest film The Irishman at the London Film Festival.

Having already offered his disdain for the Marvel Universe in a recent interview in which he said that it was “not cinema” and compared the Marvel films to theme parks, Scorsese has again reaffirmed his stance while talking during a panel which included Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Jane Rosenthal, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro at the British Film Institute.

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“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.” 

Watch the clip, below.