Chadwick Boseman is speaking out regarding the recent criticism that filmmaker Martin Scorsese has hurled out into the world.
Scorsese has made more than a couple of remarks about one of Boseman’s studio homes, Marvel. The highly decorated director has stated that the house that produces many of the highest-grossing superhero movies in history, makes films that are more of a circus than cinema.
Scorsese, an Oscar-winning filmmaker threw some shade at Marvel during an interview with Empire, saying “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being,” according to The Wrap.
In a Nov. 4 Op-ed New York Times piece, Scorsese also likened Marvel movies to theme park rides and that when you watch a superhero film, there is nothing emotionally that the viewer risks in the experience, no “spiritual revelation,” and no complexity in character development. He also says that these films are everything negative that Spike Lee films are not.
Those are fighting words for filmmakers who spend their lives crafting stories they hope will connect and hit a nerve with their fans worldwide. Marvel, in fact, has done that with Black Panther which became “the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time, the third-highest-grossing film in the U.S. and Canada, and the second-highest-grossing film of 2018,” according to reports.
Marvel chief creative officer Kevin Feige defended his life’s work, disagreeing with Scorsese, saying, “I think that’s not true. I think it’s unfortunate,” Feige says about Scorsese’s “not cinema” comment.
“I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people.”
According to The Independent, Boseman, who plays the Black Panther character in the Marvel cinematic universe, went on record praising the movie for its cinematic complexity in a recent radio interview with BBC 5 Live.
“The mystery that Scorsese’s talking about, it’s in Black Panther. And I think the funny thing about it is, maybe if he saw Black Panther, he didn’t get that,” Boseman said.
“He didn’t get that there was this feeling of being unsure, there was this feeling of not knowing what’s going to happen, because we never had a superhero like this before. We thought that white people will kill us off. So it’s a possibility that we could be gone. So we felt that angst. We felt that angst that you would feel from cinema when you watched it. That’s cultural. Maybe it’s generational. I don’t know. But I’m secure in what we did, so his statements don’t really bother me.”
Haters gonna hate.