Are Marvel movies real cinema? The director legend Martin Scorsese answered this question with a clear no. According to the Wolf of Wall Street producer, they are something like theme parks. He literally said in an interview with empire magazine:
"It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.“
Shortly afterwards, MCU icon Robert Downey Jr himself replied in a conversation with radio presenter Howard Stern that he didn't feel attacked by it at all. In addition, he says that they need all the different perspectives so that they can find their way to the middle and adds at the end that the MCU films are definitely cinema for him.
Samuel L Jackson, who is better known as Nick Fury in the MCU, also expressed his opinion. He told Variety:
"I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either
Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies"
Last but not least we would like to share with you the opinion of James Gunn, who, as a successful director, is the one who can understand Scorsese's words the best. On Twitter he states:
Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite 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.
At the end of the day this discussion won't change anything anyway, as on the one hand the Marvel movies for the next years are already announced anyway, on the other hand Scorses can prove to everyone with his upcoming Netflix Gangster epic The Irishman that he himself is making real cinema.