Published Oct 08, 2019Robert Downey Jr. has responded to Martin Scorsese's recent comments that Marvel movies are "not cinema," arguing that Scorsese's stance "makes no sense."
Downey Jr. appeared on The Howard Stern Show yesterday (October 7) and discussed Scorsese's claims that Marvel films are more like "theme parks" than actual movies.
"It's his opinion," Downey Jr. said. "I mean, it plays in theatres. I appreciate his opinion because I think, it's like anything, we need all of the different perspectives so we can come to centre and move on."
The Iron Man actor did, however, go on to argue that, "It would be like saying 'Howard Stern isn't radio' — it makes no sense."
When Stern asked if he thought Scorsese was jealous of the Marvel franchise's success, Downey Jr. replied, "Of course not. He's Martin Scorsese."
"There's a lot to be said about how these genre movies — and I was happy to be a part of the 'problem', if there is one — denigrated the art form of cinema," he added. "When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it's phenomenal."
Watch footage from Downey Jr.'s interview on The Howard Stern Show below.