Scorsese responds to criticism of his criticism of Marvel movies. Listen, I love me some explody-spandex mental downtime, but I can’t say I disagree with him. And there are literary parallels galore here.
In the past 20 years, as we all know, the movie business has changed on all fronts. But the most ominous change has happened stealthily and under cover of night: the gradual but steady elimination of risk. Many films today are perfect products manufactured for immediate consumption. Many of them are well made by teams of talented individuals. All the same, they lack something essential to cinema: the unifying vision of an individual artist. Because, of course, the individual artist is the riskiest factor of all.