Spider-Man: No Way Home star Tom Holland shared his thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s criticisms of Marvel movies.
For better or worse, one of the most prominent film discussions in the last two years revolves around Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese sharing his criticisms of Marvel films, describing them as “not cinema” and more akin to an experience at an amusement park. The legendary director’s comments were subject to debate, with even some key figures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sharing their respectful disagreements with Martin Scorsese. Right now, the latest to do so is none other than Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland.
Tom Holland is currently the talk of the town, thanks to the record-breaking release of his latest standalone film, Spider-Man: No Way Home. For many that have had the chance to see the film on opening weekend in a sold out crowd, the energy in the audience during certain key moments in the film was akin to those riding a roller coaster at an amusement park, which some may attribute to Martin Scorsese’s comments.
Given Tom Holland’s experiences working in both the smaller-scale, independent films that are more the speed of Martin Scorsese and his contemporaries as well as in the big studio tentpole blockbusters of Marvel Studios, he provides an interesting perspective:
“You can ask Scorsese, ‘Would you want to make a Marvel movie?’ but he doesn’t know what it’s like because he’s never made one. I’ve made Marvel movies and I’ve also made movies that have been in the conversation in the world of the Oscars, and the only difference, really, is one is much more expensive than the other. But the way I break down the character, the way the director etches out the arc of the story and characters — it’s all the same, just done on a different scale. So I do think they’re real art.”
Given the nature of the internet, certain segments of the online sphere may take small parts of Tom Holland’s blurb, and see it as a diss against Martin Scorsese, which in the proper context shows how it’s not necessarily the case. At least in terms of his approach to bringing characters to life, Tom Holland appears to not see much of a difference between Spider-Man or any of his non-Marvel roles like The Devil all the Time for instance.
Also, it’s not like Martin Scorsese hasn’t worked with actors that have made their mark on Marvel films. For one, he famously worked with Willem Dafoe in his controversial biblical drama, The Last Temptation of Christ. In another spiritual passion project, Martin Scorsese also worked with The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield on Silence. Perhaps Tom Holland can give them a call to see it Martin Scorsese is interested in either discussing the merits of Marvel movies or even working with him on a future film.
Here is the synopsis for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home:
“For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.”
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx, Thomas Haden Church, Rhys Ifans, Charlie Cox, with Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire.
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