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Jon Favreau weighs in on Marvel debate: Directors can ‘express their opinions’

“Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” director Jon Favreau has opened up about the recent debate surrounding the quality of Marvel films.

Martin Scorsese says he doesn’t watch Marvel movies and that they are ” not cinema.” http://cmplx.co/03Vk44n 

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Similarly, on his Instagram, Gunn, 53, shared a message saying: “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.”

“…not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay,” added Gunn.

Gunn and Favreau aren’t the only members of the Marvel family to weigh in. Robert Downey Jr.Samuel L. JacksonNatalie Portman and Sebastian Stan have all expressed their opinions.

Downey, 54, who famously played Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, also spoke about Scorsese’s comments in an interview with Howard Stern, expressing thoughts similar to Favreau’s.

“I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything — we need all of the different perspectives, so we can come to center and move on,” Downey Jr. said, prompting Stern to ask if he was insulted by the dig.

When asked whether Scorsese’s comments insulted him, Downey responded: “It would be like saying Howard Stern isn’t radio… It makes no sense to say it.”

Jackson, 70, another staple of the franchise also fired back.

“I mean, that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff, either,” Jackson told Variety. “Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”

Portman, 38, who was once a very vocal critic of the franchise, is set to return for “Thor: Love and Thunder,” and said to The Hollywood Reporter: “I think there’s room for all types of cinema. There’s not one way to make art.”

In a press junket, Stan, 37, refuted Coppola’s claims.

“People have been going up to me like, ‘Thank you so much for this character,’ ‘This movie helped me out so much,’ ‘This movie inspired me. Now I feel better. Now I feel less alone,’ so how can you say these movies are not helping people?”


The next Marvel film slated for release is “Black Widow,” which will hit theaters in May of 2020.


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