Tom Holland Defends Marvel Movies After Martin Scorsese’s Criticism

“It isn’t the cinema of human beings.”

Tom Holland has decided to clap back at remarks made by famed filmmaker Martin Scorsese against the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In 2019, the legendary director enraged fans of the franchise by making his most iconic controversial statement on Marvel films. He said that the comic book adaptations were “not cinema” and compared them to theme park rides.

Tom Holland, fresh off the success of Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, recently shared his thoughts on the Oscar-winning director’s critical assessments of the genre, disagreeing wholeheartedly in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter

“You can ask Scorsese, ‘Would you want to make a Marvel movie?’ but he doesn’t know what it’s like because he’s never made one,” said Holland, 25, who has also starred in movies like The Impossible and The Devil All the Time.

“I’ve made Marvel movies and I’ve also made movies that have been in the conversation in the world of the Oscars, and the only difference, really, is one is much more expensive than the other,” he continued. “But the way I break down the character, the way the director etches out the arc of the story and characters — it’s all the same, just done on a different scale. So I do think they’re real art.”

He then went on to explain the different “levels of pressure” both kinds of films come with.

Tom Holland explained that when one is making a Marvel movie, millions will see it whether it’s good or not. But when it comes to indies, no will watch them if they’re not good.

“When you’re making these films, you know that good or bad, millions of people will see them,” he explained, “whereas when you’re making a small indie film, if it’s not very good no one will watch it, so it comes with different levels of pressure.”

“I mean, you can also ask Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr. or Scarlett Johansson — people who have made the kinds of movies that are ‘Oscar-worthy’ and also made superhero movies — and they will tell you that they’re the same, just on a different scale.”

Adding in one more difference between the two types of movies, he joked, “and there’s less Spandex in ‘Oscar movies.'”

In an October 2019 interview with Empire, Scorsese was asked whether he thinks superhero movies are cinema. His response was: “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

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