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The pop-culture debate that simply won’t die has found new life once more: After weeks of silence spent presumably living his life in peace, Kevin Feige has responded to Martin Scorsese’s recent comments that Marvel films are not cinema, and that, in fact, their existence is aiding in the craft’s destruction. “I think that’s not true,” the Marvel boss told the Hollywood Reporter on Sunday. “I think it’s unfortunate. I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people.”

He added, as a point in the franchise’s favor, “We killed half of our characters at the end of a movie.”

Scorsese initially ignited the debate during an interview with Empire magazine first released in October, when he said he does not watch Marvel films. “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese said at the time. “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks.” The comments were not particularly surprising, coming from an avid cinephile like Scorsese, but nonetheless the director’s words ignited a discussion that has continued for weeks, with directors including Francis Ford Coppola and James Gunn chiming in. The discussion seemed to be dying down early this month—until Scorsese reignited it with an op-ed in the New York Times, in which he expanded his explanation, emphasizing what he considers to be one of the films’ fatal flaws: “Many of the elements that define cinema as I know it are there in Marvel pictures,” he wrote. “What’s not there is revelation, mystery, or genuine emotional danger. Nothing is at risk.”

During his interview on THR’s Awards Chatter podcast, Feige pushed back on the notion that his studio’s films are homogenous and primarily commercial products. “I love all types of movies and always have,” he said, “which is why we try to blend our films with different genres and take the success that we’ve had and do different things—which is why we haven’t made an Iron Man movie since 2013.”

“We did Civil War,” Feige continued. “We had our two most popular characters get into a very serious theological and physical altercation. We killed half of our characters at the end of a movie [Avengers: Infinity War]. I think it’s fun for us to take our success and use it to take risks and go in different places.”

In the end, Feige, who does not know Scorsese personally, reverted back to the old “everyone’s entitled to their own opinion” line. And although it seems he really believes that, it is worth noting that the mogul seems a little miffed by how extensively Scorsese has chosen to voice that opinion. “Everybody has a different definition of cinema,” Feige said. “Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk, I guess. All I know is that I’m surrounded by people 24 hours a day who live and breathe and love cinema. And some people don’t think it’s cinema. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion, and I look forward to what will happen next. But in the meantime, we’re going to keep making movies.”

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