Francis Ford Coppola says Marvel films are 'not cinema'

US movie director Francis Ford Coppola prepares to speak on stage after receiving the Lumiere Award during the 11th edition of the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, central eastern France, on October 18, 2019. ROMAIN LAFABREGUE / AFP via Getty Images

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Francis Ford Coppola has taken aim at Marvel’s films just two weeks after Martin Scorsese called the Avengers and Iron Man movies “not cinema”.

Coppola defended his moviemaking peer after accepting his Lumiere Award in France on Saturday, insisting filmgoers learn nothing from Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s bank-breaking blockbusters.

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration…,” the Apocalypse Now director said. “I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again.

“Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Coppola’s comments were slammed by film fans online with one Twitter user responding: “Disappointed to see the comments by Scorsese + Coppola about Marvel MCU movies. Their comments reflect those that comic book fans have dealt w/for years from people who thumb their noses at comics + refuse to consider comics can teach/be literature because it’s ‘beneath them’.”

Another added: “I think I’d rather watch another Marvel movie than another Francis Ford Coppola movie at this point.

“At least Marvel movies have characters worth celebrating. I hate (these) old men directors who think movies should all be of one tone and style.”

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MCU filmmakers Joss Whedon and James Gunn previously attacked Scorsese over his comments.

Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director Gunn tweeted: “Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way.”

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