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Film legend: Marvel movies are 'despicable', 'the same movie over and over again'

Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola made the scathing remarks defending Martin Scorsese who said the superhero films are "not cinema".

Film legend: Marvel movies are 'despicable', 'the same movie over and over again'

Francis Ford Coppola called Marvel movies "despicable." (Photo: AFP / Getty Images North America / Roy Rochlin)

Director Francis Ford Coppola has waded into the controversy caused by Martin Scorsese when the latter called Marvel movies and the like, “not cinema.”

Coppola appears to agree with the 76-year-old director of The Irishmen and even went a step further when he called the superhero movies “despicable”.

The Godfather and Apocalypse Now director made the scathing remarks while in Lyon, France, on Sunday (Oct 20) to accept the Lumiere prize for his contribution to cinema.

Coppola said: "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…I don't know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again.”

The 80-year-old filmmaker added: "Martin was kind when he said it's not cinema. He didn't say it's despicable, which I just say it is."

READ: Robert Downey Jr responds to director Martin Scorsese's criticism of Marvel movies

Marvel fans did not take the criticism lightly. Comments started flooding social media with one fan taking to Twitter to say: "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."

Scorsese had offered his opinion on Marvel movies earlier this month in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter where he revealed that he had tried to watch the films but could not because they’re “not cinema”. He also likened them to a “theme park” and said, “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being."

Source: CNA/sr