Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Georg Szalai on November 4, 2019.
Walt Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger in a BBC Radio interview commented on Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel films, saying he admires the filmmaker but believes he has never seen a Marvel movie. He also said about the Star Wars movie franchise that he feels that “less is more.”
“I have said publicly that I think we made and released too many Star Wars films over a short period of time,” Iger said, clarifying: “I have not said that they were disappointing in any way.” Concluded the Disney boss: “I have not said that I’m disappointed in their performance. I just think that there’s something so special about a Star Wars film, and less is more.”
Asked about Scorsese’s criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his comparing them to theme parks, Iger said: “Ouch! I think Martin Scorsese is a great filmmaker. I hope he hears this. I don’t have a relationship with him, but it doesn’t matter, I admire him immensely. I think he has made some great films. I look back and think of Goodfellas and Raging Bull to name just a few, Taxi Driver. Just a phenomenal filmmaker. And I think I would debate him on this subject. First of all, Marvel is making movies – they are movies, that’s what Martin Scorsese makes – and they are good movies – good directors and good writers and good actors and good cinematographers and good costume designers and good sound engineers and good editors. I can go on and on. These are talented, talented people that are putting their hard work and talent in to making films that entertain people in theaters around the world. … They have a good two-hour experience. They come out feeling happy or better about themselves.” …