Robert Downey Jr. Responds To Scorsese's Criticism Of The MCU

Last week, on Friday, October 4, Martin Scorsese gave much to talk about when he gave his opinion on the film adaptations of superheroes, specifically Marvel movies (that is, the Marvel film universe franchise). The legendary director, responsible for great movie classics, said he did not believe that these films achieved film status and compared them to amusement parks to emphasize that his only goal is to entertain and not project emotions, for example.

I have not seen them. I tried, you know? But that is not real cinema. Honestly, what comes closest to you, no matter how well they are, with actors who are doing their best under certain circumstances, are amusement parks. It's not the cinema of human beings trying to connect emotionally, with psychological experiences, with other human beings, ”Scorsese said in an interview with Empire Magazine.


Scorsese's comment, who is promoting The Irishman (a Netflix production starring Robert De Niro), opened a strong debate on social networks that some celebrities who have not participated in superhero movies have been part of, but also those who They participate actively. For example, Samuel L. Jackson, who has given life to Nick Fury at the MCU, commented that what Scorsese said is like saying “Bugs Bunny is not funny. Movies are movies. Not everyone likes what he does. Everyone has an opinion, so that's fine. This is not going to stop making movies. ”

Now, Robert Downey Jr. has spoken on the subject and responded to the comments of the filmmaker, who has been in the film industry for 50 years. In an interview with Howard Stern on The Howard Stern Show, Stern asked him about Iron Man and his interpretation of such an iconic character. Robert Downey Jr. told him that he did not expect the MCU and his character to become what they are today.

“I've always had other interests, and according to Scorsese, that's not cinema. So I have to think about that, you know? ”Said the actor

"Why did he say that?" Asked Stern.

"Because it's your opinion."

"But it is cinema, right?" The announcer asked again.

"Well, it is screened in movie theaters …", Downey Jr. replied.

"Yes, but what did it mean that it is not cinema," Stern insisted to continue the issue.

“I appreciate your opinion because I think it's like everything. We need all the different perspectives that are there to reflect and move on … You know about this! ”, The actor told Stern. "You are a therapist!"

Stern insisted on the issue and said that Robert Downey Jr.'s responses had been "kind", and asked him if he had felt offended by the director's comments. “No… look. It's like saying that Howard Stern is not making radio. It makes no sense, ”he replied. Stern asked him if he had said that more because of the jealousy of the huge box office that the MCU (and the presence of Iron Man) has raised. The 23 Marvel Studio films together with Disney, have raised more than $ 22 billion in the world, and the delivery of Avengers: Endgame, became the highest grossing film in history.

"Of course not! I mean, it's Martin Scorsese … I think he and his point of view … By the way, there's a lot to say about how this film genre – I was happy to be part of this 'problem', if there is one – has denigrated art of making movies. But you know? When you come trampled on everything like a beast and you eliminate the competition in such an obvious way, it's something phenomenal, ”the actor replied.

Scorsese has taken several of his films to the Oscars, the most important and well known in the industry. He won the Academy Award for Best Director in 2006 for The Departed, also taking Best Picture. Those are the two Oscars that he has taken home after being nominated by Taxi Driver, Wild Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Wolf of Wall Street, in the most important categories .

Robert Dowey Jr. has been nominated twice as Best Actor and Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Chaplin in the 1990s, for which he took the BAFTA, and for Tropic Thunder, a comedy in which he plays a Australian actor who takes the limit to give life to his characters.

Here we leave a part of the interview: