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Francis Ford Coppola agrees with Scorsese, calling Marvel movies 'despicable'

Telegraph Reporters
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

Francis Ford Coppola has joined Martin Scorsese's attack on Marvel films. In an interview with Empire magazine earlier this month, Scorsese likened Marvel films, which this year included Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel, to "theme parks", saying they were "not cinema". 

On October 20, The Godfather director, who was in Lyon, France to receive the Prix Lumiere for his contributions to cinema, added to the debate while speaking at a press conference: "When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right, because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. 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 it’s despicable, which I just say it is."

There has been a backlash to both Scorsese's and Coppola's comments, with Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill tweeting "anyone who thinks Marvel is only trying to make theme park rides is being unjust and cynical."

Coppola's most recent films Youth Without Youth and Twixt grossed just $2.6 million and $1.3 million (respectively) at the US box office, while Captain Marvel grossed over $1 billion, and Avengers: Endgame almost $3 billion.

Francis Ford Coppola Credit: netflix

Director of Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn also reacted to Coppola and Scorsese's comments, first via Twitter, where he wrote "Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favourite living film-makers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way", and then via an Instagram post:

"Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them "despicable". Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same.

"I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, 'I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!# Superheroes are simply today’s gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers. Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful. Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay. "

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