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Robert Downey Jr reacts to Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel movies

09 October 2019

Oscar campaigns are known to be slightly pretentious and very tiring. Downey Jr. also weighed-in on Martin Scorsese's recent comments on superhero films.

Disney has high hopes for Avengers: Endgame at the Oscars, but Robert Downey Jr. isn't suggested for a nomination. Well, Tony Stark has finally entered the chat, reacting to the idea of Oscar gold in a conversation with Howard Stern.

So perhaps Martin Scorsese takes issue with these kinds of films because fewer of the kinds of original movies he grew up with and that he likes to make are getting made these days in a superhero driven marketplace. We have the answer, and it's pretty simple: he didn't feel like it.

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"I'm so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about and I said let's not and because I'm much more like you than you might really want to believe".

Downey Jr.'s position is admirable.

While discussing his love of martial arts during an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" years ago, Downey, who struggled with substance abuse in his younger years, credited the fighting style with helping him gain control of his life, according to the outlet. He's content to just sit back and count his money.

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He also gave his opinion on director Martin Scorsese's recent controversial comments on Marvel movies, revealing that he appreciates Scorsese's criticisms.

"I don't know if I have ever seen - in movie history - a global audience react to a performance the way they did to Robert Downey in (Avengers: Endgame)", Russo told The Daily Beast last month. But that's not cinema.

Legendary filmmaker Scorsese had told Variety over the weekend: 'Honestly, the closest I can think of [Marvel films], as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks'.

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Scorsese's comments gained traction after he compared the Marvel Cinematic Universe to "theme parks", adding, "It isn't the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being". The MCU has changed the game when it comes to what a successful movie looks like - for better or worse, the mid-budget, riskier sort of movies Scorsese likes to make aren't considered a good bet by studios anymore. "It's his opinion", the actor said. "We need all of the different perspectives so we can come to the centre and move on". "Were you insulted when he said it's not cinema?"

Robert Downey Jr reacts to Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel movies