Nanjiani On Scorsese vs. Marvel Debate


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Kumail Nanjiani joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in last year’s “Eternals,” taking on the role of Kingo in the project. He’s also in the recently aired “Welcome to Chippendales” series which scored quite solid reviews.

In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, he was asked to weigh in on the ongoing debate regarding the value of Marvel films as cinema. More specifically he was asked about how certain directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino have criticised the MCU as a whole.

Scorsese started the fire back in late 2019 when he dubbed Marvel films “not cinema” and compared them to theme parks. He later said his issues with the film had nothing to do with quality and everything to do with exhibition and how comic book films are pushing out smaller movies from being screened in movie theaters.

Coppola and Tarantino came along later and weighed in with their takes. Whilst some who have worked for Marvel Studios quickly stood up in defense of the films, Nanjiani doesn’t see any controversy in the remarks:

“I obviously love the movies Tarantino makes or Scorsese makes. And I may disagree with Scorsese’s opinion on superhero movies, but I mean, who else has earned the right to have an opinion? If Scorsese hasn’t earned the right to have an opinion on movies, then none of us should have an opinion on movies. It’s so strange that people get upset about it.”

That echoes similar comments made by Jon Favreau in the wake of the original Scorsese and Coppola comments, saying “they can express whatever opinion they like”.

In terms of his MCU future, Nanjiani says he’s still waiting on a call about more “Eternals” but the decision isn’t up to him.



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