Marvel, Scorsese, And Cinema: Why We Should Listen

by Tito W. James

In his opinion piece for the New York Times Martin Scorsese critiques the current film landscape of non-stop Marvel movies. Scorsese makes it clear that he doesn’t devalue the artistry that goes into making Marvel movies, but he warns against letting one style of filmmaking monopolize theatrically released films.

Many films today are perfect products manufactured for immediate consumption. Many of them are well made by teams of talented individuals. All the same, they lack something essential to cinema: the unifying vision of an individual artist. Because, of course, the individual artist is the riskiest factor of all.

Martin Scorsese

YouTuber Thomas Flight articulated Scorsese’s position in a video essay.

The themes of Scorsese’s interview echo similar qualms expressed by Hayao Miyazaki about the state of contemporary Anime.


I agree that commercial trends tend to bulldoze authentic art. I’m personally sick of a cinematic landscape that’s dominated almost exclusively by the Disney Corporation. But I’m not alone as an audience member and Scorsese isn’t alone as a filmmaker.

Last month saw a wave of innovative, emotional, and experimental cinema: Monos, Parasite, JoJo Rabbit, Motherless Brooklyn, Harriet, The Light House. There are more original and indie films than I have time too see in theaters.

There are more ways to express what it means to be human than ever before, but film still has miles to go in terms of which aspects of humanity are represented on screen. If you are an aspiring creator or an industry veteran tired with the status quo, then I encourage you to be the change you want to see in the industry.

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