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James Gunn Fires Back at Coppola Over 'Despicable' Marvel Comments

James Gunn Fires Back at Coppola Over 'Despicable' Marvel Comments

Another member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe family has chimed in on the debate about whether comic book movies should be considered "cinema". Director James Gunn responded to comments made by legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola via Instagram the other day, calling for understanding between the two sides.

The debate hit new heights when Martin Scorsese expressed his dislike for the genre by claiming the superhero films are not "cinema". His words were met with backlash from fans and creators alike. Joss Whedon (The Avengers), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Damon Lindelof (HBO's Watchmen) were among those that expressed their disagreement. At the time, Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) was fairly open about his thoughts, saying, "Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I'm saddened that he's now judging my films in the same way.

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