Kevin Smith Reacts to Martin Scorsese’s Marvel Comments: “They Are Cinema”

Collider | 10/15/2019 | Allie Gemmill
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Turns out Martin Scorsese isn’t the only person who has a lot to say about Marvel movies. In the wake of the director’s big double-down on the threat Marvel movies pose to cinema today, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot director/writer/star Kevin Smith has now stepped into the discourse with his own thoughts.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter recently in Los Angeles, Smith got candid about his feelings on Scorsese’s remarks, including his reductive likening of Marvel movies to theme parks and claiming they were invading theaters. Smith began by saying, “Martin Scorsese is a genius. But to be fair, my entire film career — even prior to my film career — he’s been pretty much saying the same thing about action movies.”

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The Jay and Silent Bob director went on to jokingly remark Scorsese “practically invented cinema” so it’s not like he’s not coming from an informed place in his comments. For Smith, “Martin Scorsese made the biggest superhero movie ever, which was The Last Temptation of Christ. Don’t get much bigger of a superhero than Jesus. He beats Superman and [Robert] Downey [Jr.] every time, so maybe Martin is bending on that territory.”

However, Smith — who has become a go-to for all things comic book-related in today’s pop culture landscape — doesn’t think Scorsese has it right in his negative, dim view of Marvel flicks.

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“My feeling is, Martin Scorsese never sat in a movie theater with his dad and watched the movies of Steven Spielberg in the early ’80s or George Lucas in...
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