3 Replies to “What Martin Scorsese Gets Right (& Wrong) About Marvel Movies”

  1. What is the difference between MCU and The Last Waltz? It is still an ensemble of characters with extraordinary abilities coming together to over come a powerful villian (Thanos/The Road).

  2. Last week Martin Scorsese said that Marvel movies, “…isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

    And in this article, Craig Elvy says that, “The director’s [Scorsese’s] penchant for morally-gray characterization, non-traditional story structure and reflecting humanity’s darker tendencies is on entirely the opposite end of the spectrum to blockbusters as a whole, not even just superhero releases.”

    I’m not sure this is true. With time travel and going back and picking up the story from another character’s point of view, viewers have to really pay attention to Marvel films; I don’t think they’re a whole lot different from Scorsese’s style of structure. And as far as “humanity’s darker tendencies,” Marvel certainly does have characters that portray that: Wolverine, Hulk…not to mention the villains they’re fighting against, that’s really what the Marvel universe is all about. So I think Elvy really gets it wrong here.

    Elvy also says, “…to accuse the Marvel movies of neglecting emotional human experience is to ignore a significant portion of the franchise’s most memorable scenes.”

    Elvy focuses exclusively on the emotional in Marvel films in order to defend them against Scorsese’s accusations, but Elvy completely ignores an important part: the psychological. I do think Marvel movies are a little light here. Psychology is all about why someone does what they do — reasons.

    In the movie “There Will Be Blood” Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) says, “I don’t like to explain myself.” Yeah, no kidding, most people don’t. It’s a great line because it reveals something true about humanity: our reluctance to explain ourselves.

    On the other hand I don’t think Marvel movies are completely lacking in psychological depth and character motivations, just lighter.

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