If you’re an aging director who feels threatened that Marvel movies are dominating the marketplace, you’re in luck. Earlier this week, Francis Ford Coppola backed fellow director Martin Scorsese, calling Marvel movies despicable. Scorsese’s comments were a bit lighter, as he said they aren’t cinema.
In a television interview, the 83 year old director Ken Loach compared Marvel movies to hamburgers.
“They’re made as commodities…like hamburgers,” he told Sky News. “It’s about making a commodity which will make profit for a big corporation. They’re a cynical exercise. They’re a market exercise, and it has nothing to do with the art of cinema.”
Loach’s most recent film Sorry We Missed You about the gig economy currently sits at 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Also throwing down this week was filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, who claimed the movies aren’t for him.
“I can’t disagree with Scorsese because I don’t watch [Marvel movies]….I watched a ‘Spider-Man’ eight years ago, and that was it. I’m not interested. It doesn’t mean it is bad. I don’t know if it’s Marvel, but I watched ‘Deadpool,’ the first one, and it was very good. Amazing action sequences. Then I tried to watch ‘Deadpool 2’ on a plane. I watched, like, half an hour and gave up.”
Meirelles’s most recent film is The Two Popes, which is releasing on Netflix, and currently has 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though his two previous films include 360, which currently sits at 20%, and Blindness, which is at 44%.