Logan director James Mangold discussed why he both agrees and disagrees with Martin Scorsese’s divisive Marvel comments.
After starting a passionate debate with his criticism of the Marvel films, Martin Scorsese penned an essay detailing his assessment of superhero films and their impact on the type of projects decides to produce in favor of others. The conversation on the quality of the Marvel films, or lack thereof, is still going and director James Mangold, who helmed the final chapter of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine trilogy, Logan, weighed in on the subject during an interview with Uproxx. After noting that making Logan with an R-rating in mind granted him creative freedom once the studio didn’t feel the need to market to children under 13, James Mangold suggested Martin Scorsese’s criticisms are valid but not inherently due to the Marvel films being comic book adaptations:
“That, to me, was all part of trying to free the movie from those constraints. It’s so interesting, Marty [Scorsese] brought that whole thing up in his op-ed. But I think that the point is less about whether the source is a comic book or not and much more salient is just the freedom the filmmaker has in whatever creative arena there is, because I certainly had 100 percent freedom in Logan. I mean exactly what we wanted to make.”
One of Martin Scorsese’s criticisms of the Marvel films is that there are no stakes when heroes will almost always come out on top. However, Logan director James Mangold suggested Martin Scorsese may not have seen many Marvel or superhero films, but noted there is truth to the filmmaker’s criticism that extends beyond just superhero films:
“Clearly he hasn’t watched that many of them. That’s the only tragic part of his dissertation. But the reality is that what he’s saying, it couldn’t be more true. It just doesn’t have to only be true for that specific stripe of film. It’s true across the boards. I see shitty comedies made by the numbers. I see shitty romantic films made by the numbers. I see gobs of adventure films made by the numbers. And you know they’ve been tested through the wazoo and re-shot and extra ending and an extra coat and an extra cherry on top. That isn’t just the province of comic book movies. That’s the province of mainstream corporate filmmaking all around, and it’s up to folks like him — or me to the degree I can do it — and others to push back against it in any genre.”
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Here is the official synopsis for James Mangold’s Logan:
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.
Logan is now available on Digital HD, Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.