In a New York Times op-ed published Monday (November 4th) night, Martin Scorsese expanded on his position that Marvel movies are not cinema. According to the director of The Irishman, the popular series of superhero movies lack artistry. He writes, “Many of the elements that define cinema as I know it are there in Marvel pictures. What's not there is revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger. Nothing is at risk. The pictures are made to satisfy a specific set of demands, and they are designed as variations on a finite number of themes.”

He continues, “The situation, sadly, is that we now have two separate fields: there’s worldwide audiovisual entertainment, and there’s cinema. They still overlap from time to time, but that’s becoming increasingly rare. And I fear that the financial dominance of one is being used to marginalize and even belittle the existence of the other.”