‘It’s all the same, just on a different scale’: Tom Holland slams director Martin Scorsese’s claims Marvel movies ‘aren’t cinema’ as he insists they are ‘real art’
Tom Holland has hit back at Martin Scorsese after the film director claimed Marvel movies were ‘not cinema’.
Martin, 79, who is considered one of the most influential directors in film history, expressed his views in a 2019 opinion piece for The New York Times, writing that the flicks lacked ‘revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger’ and they were made to meet a ‘specific set’ of fans’ demands.
However, Tom, 25, who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel movie franchise, insists the silver screen creations are ‘real art’ adding that Martin would not know as he has never made a Marvel film.
Fighting talk: Tom Holland, 25, has hit back at Martin Scorsese after the film director claimed Marvel movies were ‘not cinema’
Tom told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘You can ask [Martin] Scorsese, ‘Would you want to make a Marvel movie?’ But he doesn’t know what it’s like because he’s never made one.
‘I’ve made Marvel movies and I’ve also made movies that have been in the conversation in the world of the Oscars, and the only difference, really, is one is much more expensive than the other.
‘But the way I break down the character, the way the director etches out the arc of the story and characters — it’s all the same, just done on a different scale. So I do think they’re real art.’
His view: Martin, 79, wrote in a 2019 New York Times article that the flicks lacked ‘revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger’ and were made to meet fans’ demands
In his 2019 article, Martin wrote: ‘Many of the elements that define cinema as I know it are there in Marvel pictures. What’s not there is revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger. Nothing is at risk.
‘The pictures are made to satisfy a specific set of demands, and they are designed as variations on a finite number of themes.
‘They are sequels in name but they are remakes in spirit, and everything in them is officially sanctioned because it can’t really be any other way.
Hollywood heavyweight: Tom, who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel movie franchise, insists the silver screen creations are ‘real art’
Blast from the past: Tom has seen his dreams come true – for a picture of the star dressed as Spider-Man as a child has emerged, shared by girlfriend Zendaya
Movie magic: Zendaya also shared a picture of Tom in costume on the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home
‘That’s the nature of modern film franchises: market-researched, audience-tested, vetted, modified, revetted and remodified until they’re ready for consumption.’
The director added that franchise films have changed the Hollywood landscape, bring less people into independent cinemas as they turn to streaming platforms.
Meanwhile, Tom’s girlfriend Zendaya, 25, who plays Michelle ‘MJ’ Jones-Watson, in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was released this month, recently shared a picture of her boyfriend dressed as the character he plays in the movie when he was younger.
Forbidden love? Tom and Zendaya are Hollywood’s current ‘it couple’ after they started dating in 2017 (pictured December 2021)
The actress posted the snap on Instagram with the caption ‘Some things never change and good thing @tomholland2013.’
Their new movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home, was released in cinemas in the United States and the United Kingdom last Friday.
The film follows Tom’s Spider-Man as he fights his way through villains from other universes.
Not listening: The actor and the actress were reportedly advised not to date by producer Amy Pascal when they were first cast in Spider-Man, according to The New York Times
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