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It’s Scorsese vs Marvel! But why do we have to choose?

In the midst of debates such as these, it’s worth remembering that William Shakespeare was the 16th century equivalent of trash culture

Roisin O'Connor
Saturday 12 October 2019 00:33 BST
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It’s difficult to see Martin Scorsese’s comments on the Marvel franchise as anything other than downright snobbery
It’s difficult to see Martin Scorsese’s comments on the Marvel franchise as anything other than downright snobbery (Getty)

Numerous public figures have castigated adults who enjoy popular culture, or, as some put it, “lowbrow”.

Whether it’s grown-up fans going to see the latest Toy Story movie or Marvel obsessives freaking out over a new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer – some people just can’t seem to help but sneer. The latest is revered director Martin Scorsese, who caused uproar when he claimed that the Avengers franchise “isn’t cinema”.

This wasn’t the first time someone has taken aim at the apparent lack of artistry in Marvel films, but Scorsese is undoubtedly the most prolific. And while you can understand, in a way, his concern for Marvel’s dominance over the film industry, it’s difficult to see this as anything other than downright snobbery.

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