Robert Downey Jr is the most recent Marvel star to offer his view on Martin Scorsese’s disputable analysis of the Avengers films.
Scorsese caused upset when he revealed to Empire magazine that he had attempted and neglected to draw in with Marvel films, and asserted they were “not film”.
Showing up on The Howard Stern Show, Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man, said he “appreciates” the famous movie producer’s assessment and that he himself saw the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as “this very large, multi-headed Hydra at this point”.
“I appreciate his opinion because I think, it’s like anything,” he continued, “we need all of the perspectives so we can come to centre and move on.” He later added that while he wasn’t personally offended by Scorsese’s claim, he believed the notion that Marvel films were not cinema made “no sense”. “It’d be like saying Howard Stern isn’t radio,” he kidded.
He rejected the idea that Scorsese’s point was out of jealousy: “Of course not, he’s Martin Scorsese,” he said. “By the way, there’s a lot to be said about how these genre movies – and I was happy to be a part of the ‘problem’, if there is one – denigrated the form of cinema.
“When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal.”
Downey Jr’s reply was likewise nuanced to his co-star, Samuel L Jackson, who showed out that not everyone loves Scorsese’s movies, either.
“I mean, we happen to, but everybody doesn’t,” he told, “There are a lot of Italian-Americans that don’t think he should be making films about them like that. Everybody’s got an opinion, so it’s OK. It’s not going to stop anyone from making movies.”
Meantime, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said he “saddened” by Scorsese’s remarks. Karen Gillan told the movies were “a very big representation of who is as a person and therefore it’s very cinematic”.
Avengers director Joss Whedon extracted the Unbelievable Hulk and tweeted: “I revere Marty, and I do see his point, but… Well there’s a reason why ‘I’m always angry’.”