Will the Marvel-Scorsese Drama Ever End?

Marvel directors the Russo Brothers are producing 21 Bridges starring Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman, it means the certainty for more questions about Martin Scorsese.

Cue the inevitable press tour during an awards season where Avengers: Endgame is being pushed. This tour might not be as major as earlier this year during the theatrical release or the home video release. However, this doesn't stop them from taking questions. They finally opened up a few days ago about the matter of whether or not Marvel movies are considered cinema.

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Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Captain America (Chris Evans) in b/g Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

Joe Russo's definition of cinema, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is as follows: "Ultimately, we define cinema as a film that can bring people together to have a shared, emotional experience."

Joe looks at the film's box office take as being not of financial success but rather because of emotional success, "It's a movie that had an unprecedented impact on audiences around the world in the way that they shared that narrative and the way that they experienced it. And the emotions they felt watching it."

Anthony Russo also chimes in with thoughts of his own.

"The other way to think about it, too, is nobody owns cinema. We don't own cinema. You don't own cinema. Scorsese doesn't own cinema."

He isn't wrong. Funny enough, Marvel Comics suffered from a similar debate when Stan Lee was running the place. There was a question of whether or not comic books were art. It's not art in the same sense as something you see in a major art museum but it's still art! This is all mentioned in Danny Fingeroth's recent biography of the legend himself, A Marvelous Life.

With both films making a run for Best Picture, it's unlikely that the debate ends anytime soon.  Cinema is cinema. At the end of the day, if a film is playing on the big screen, it is most definitely cinema.

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About Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is a film critic and aspiring filmmaker living in Chicago. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Online Association of Female Film Critics, Online Film Critics Society, and the Online Film & Television Association.
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