Marvel movie star defended the superhero movie, but admitted that everyone can have their own opinion on this.
Robert Downey Jr., known for his role as Iron Man in many films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reacted to Martin Scorsese saying that superhero blockbusters are “fake movies” more like “amusement parks.” Being a guest at the Howard Stern radio show, Downey Jr. did not stir up a polemic with the venerable director, but nevertheless expressed his disagreement, saying that there was nothing reprehensible in such a movie and it was an interesting phenomenon:
Frankly, I did not expect the Marvel Cinematic Universe to become what it is now – it’s like a huge multi-headed hydra. I have always had other interests, but, according to Scorsese, this is not a movie, so there is reason for reflection, right? I appreciate Scorsese’s opinion, because everything needs to be looked at from different points of view.
The actor also admitted that he does not believe that Scorsese’s sensational statement was dictated by a feeling of jealousy or envy:
Of course not, because it’s Martin Scorsese. By the way, much has already been said that these genre films – and I was happy to take part in this “problem”, if it is such a thing – defamed cinema as an art form. When suddenly such a massive beast [like Marvel films] appears and in such an indicative manner negates competition, then this in itself is phenomenal.
In addition to Downey Jr., artists such as Samuel L. Jackson and Karen Gillan defended Marvel films, while James Gann, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, expressed regret that Scorsese was so derogatory about superhero movies.