Kumail Nanjiani says Martin Scorsese has ‘Earned the Right’ to criticize Marvel

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Kumail Nanjiani, who lent the face of Kingo for Eternals, directed by Chloé Zhao, said Martin Scorsese has ‘Earned the Right’ to criticize Marvel.

Eternals, a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, received polarizing reactions, with some praising it while others criticizing it. The film, directed by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao, has sparked discussion on many levels. While there is no confirmation of a sequel from Marvel, one of the actors from the film, Kumail Nanjiani, who played Kingo, has spoken about a controversial aspect of the film.

The 44-year-old actor spoke about Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese being one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

In a recent interview with Esquire, an actor from the Marvel film Eternals acknowledged Scorsese’s right to express his opinion, even though the actor personally disagrees with the filmmaker’s views on the topic.

I obviously love the movies Tarantino makes or Scorsese makes. And I may disagree with Scorsese’s opinion on superhero movies, but I mean, who else has earned the right to have an opinion? If Scorsese hasn’t earned the right to have an opinion on movies, then none of us should have an opinion on movies. It’s so strange that people get upset about it.

The renowned director of Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, and many classics, Martin Scorsese, had previously caused controversy when he referred to Marvel films as theme parks and not true cinema. This has led to criticism, despite his extensive experience and contributions to the film industry. 

I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. 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. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.

Simu Liu on Scorsese and Tarantino

A few months back, Simu Liu, the actor from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, also criticized Scorsese and Tarantino and accused the golden age of Hollywood of being racist. Liu claimed that Golden Age movies were undoubtedly much more “white” than the inclusiveness sparked by the Marvel movies. He posted a series of tweets which he now has deleted.