Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Oscar Chances May Be Hurt By Marvel Comments

Martin Scorsese’s New York Times op-ed on Marvel films may have just cost him Oscar gold for his upcoming film The Irishman.

After his comments on Marvel films not being cinema, Martin Scorsese double down on his comments after much backlash in an op-ed where he distilled his general complaints regarding the modern film industry and the superhero films that seem to dominate them. In a recent article by Variety which asked various Academy Award members their stance on the kerfuffle, it was revealed that his comments on Marvel may have just aliened Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman from getting the coveted award.

The article reported that Marvel’s official Avengers: Endgame screening for Academy members was packed to the brim, with a member commenting the following.

“I have been to a lot of Academy screenings this year, and I have never seen anything as crowded as ‘Endgame.”


As the Academy continues to accept younger, more diverse members into its committee, they’re bound to have a few Marvel fans who felt hurt or disappointed by Martin Scorsese’s comments on Marvel. One voting member even stated that Martin Scorsese was a snob for his Marvel comments. Beyond that, Marvel films have already been legitimated in the eyes of the Academy, who gave Marvel their first Best Picture nomination in the form of Black Panther.

The article continues to argue The Irishman‘s lack of  expected Oscar glory is all in parts thanks to the platform Martin Scorsese opted to show it on: Netflix. Netflix and the Academy (who favour films with traditional theatrical runs) don’t have the best relationship, which means Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is already facing an uphill battle. Netflix is taking away from the theatrical experience by producing films for the platform like The Irishman, while Marvel films are generally selling out auditoriums.

On the other hand, another voter believes that Martin Scorsese’s Marvel comments will barely make a dent in The Irishman‘s Oscar chances.

“Marty and Francis Ford Coppola have been trashing popcorn cinema for decades, including their friends’ stuff from the ’70s like ‘Star Wars.’ And there are many who agree with them that the end of life as we know it is approaching because of the dumbing down of cinema. It isn’t true, of course, but it is getting pretty stupid.”

At the end of the day, fans should be grateful that an auteur like Martin Scorsese is still able to make a film like The Irishman in the same day and age that we get multiple Marvel movies. The Irishman will be Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited return to gangster genre.

What are your thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman? Are you excited to see it? What are your thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s Marvel comments? Comment below and let us know!

Here is the synopsis for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame:

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo,  Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Endgame is available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Source: Variety

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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