Marvel stars weigh in on Scorsese's comments; Scarlett Johansson calls it sad, Boseman cites 'possible campaigning'

Martin Scorsese earlier said that Marvel films are 'not cinema'.

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Johansson said initially she thought it was "old-fashioned" to believe that Marvel, the studio that churns out major moneyspinners in Hollywood, could spell the "death of cinema".

(In pic from left: Scarlett Johansson, Martin Scorsese, Chadwick Boseman)

LOS ANGELES: Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Chadwick Boseman, the three Marvel stars, have addressed the Martin Scorsese-Marvel controversy.

While Johansson (Black Widow) and Evans (Captain America) didn't name the legendary filmmaker as they weighed in on his comments that superhero films were "theme park experience", "not cinema", 'Black Panther' star Boseman was more direct and questioned the timing of 'The Irishman' director's remarks ahead of Oscars season.

Johansson said initially she thought it was "old-fashioned" to believe that Marvel, the studio that churns out major moneyspinners in Hollywood, could spell the "death of cinema".


"It's interesting, because a couple of people in the past couple of days have mentioned to me that a couple of extremely esteemed directors have been really vocal about how the whole Marvel universe and big blockbusters are really, like, 'despicable' and 'the death of cinema'.

"At first I thought that seems kind of old-fashioned, and somebody had to explain to me, because it seemed so disappointing and sad in a way," she told Evans in Variety's Actors on Actors segment.

Johansson added when she was told that perhaps the debate was about studio tentpoles eating up the share of smaller films, it made her ponder over the consumption pattern of content.
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"They said, 'I think what these people are saying is that at the actual theatre, there's not a lot of room for different kinds of movies, or smaller movies, because the theatre is taken up by huge blockbusters'," she said.

"It made me think about how people consume content now, and how there's been this huge sea change with their viewing experience," she added.

Thanos's Infinity Stones Have A Deeper Meaning In Real World: How Can These Gems Turn Your Life Around
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Ever since the release of 'Avengers: Infinity War' last year, Marvel fans have been eagerly waiting for the final part.


As the superheroes gear up to take a stand against Thanos on April 26 in 'Avengers: Endgame', the mystery of the Infinity Stones continues to intrigue fans.

Pankaj Khanna, Founder & Managing Director, Khanna Gems Private Limited, shares what each of the gems mean and how they hold the power to liberate people from problems created by planets.


Important Note: Spoilers ahead (watch the movie already!)

Ever since the release of 'Avengers: Infinity War' last year, Marvel fans have been eagerly waiting for the final part. As the superheroes gear up to take a stand against Thanos on April 26..
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In Marvel Cinematic Universe's 'Avengers', the Infinity Stones are described as the most powerful gems that are tied to different aspects of the universe, created by cosmic entities.



Each of the six stones has unique capabilities that are necessary for the existence of the universe, giving its bearer phenomenal power over others.



Also, before you decide to don any of these stones, consult with a gemologist to get a stone that aligns well with your planetary position.

In Marvel Cinematic Universe's 'Avengers', the Infinity Stones are described as the most powerful gems that are tied to different aspects of the universe, created by cosmic entities.Each of the six s..
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What the Power Stone means in the movie: The purple gem, also known as the Power stone, increases the bearer’s strength and durability beyond cosmic levels. The 'Guardians of Galaxy', featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel & Bradley Cooper's voices, had entrusted the planet Xandar to protect the Power Stone (the source of their strength) after it was acquired from Ronan the Accuser, member of the Kree. While the movie didn't show how Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, got the stone, Thor revealed to Guardians of Galaxy that Xandar was decimated by Thanos's army to get hold of the gem.

What it means in the real world: The purple-coloured gem, Amethyst, helps to overcome fears.

What the Power Stone means in the movie: The purple gem, also known as the Power stone, increases the bearer’s strength and durability beyond cosmic levels. The 'Guardians of Galaxy', featuring Chr..
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What the Space Stone means in the movie: The blue gem, signifying the Space stone, allows the holder to teleport and modify the shape of people or objects. The blue stone was stored in a 'Tesseract' that Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, had stolen from Asgard before its destruction. When Thanos's army defeats Asgard, Loki attempts to kill Thanos by offering him the Tesseract in exchange for Thor's (character played by Chris Hemsworth) life.

What it means in the real world: The majestic blue Sapphire possesses the power to make and break an individual’s life. Wearing this stone can help the bearer have a calmer and sharper mind, and ensures people take up tasks in a proper manner.

What the Space Stone means in the movie: The blue gem, signifying the Space stone, allows the holder to teleport and modify the shape of people or objects. The blue stone was stored in a 'Tesseract..
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What the Reality Stone means in the movie: The red gem which is referred to as the Reality stone in 'Avengers', allows the bearer to alter the reality as desired. The gem was in the Collector's (played by Taneleer Tivan, right) possession in Knowhere. Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy join forces to protect the stone. They split in two teams where one heads to Nidavellir (dwarven planet) to get a weapon capable of killing Thanos (L), and the other to Knowhere. But Thanos reaches there first to create an illusion of a perfectly-functioning Knowhere, retrieves the stone, and kidnaps his adopted daughter Gamora, featuring Zoe Saldana, as she knows the way to the Soul Stone.



What it means in the real world: The red gem, also known as Ruby, improves the real power of concentration.

What the Reality Stone means in the movie: The red gem which is referred to as the Reality stone in 'Avengers', allows the bearer to alter the reality as desired. The gem was in the Collector's (play..
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What the Soul Stone means in the movie: The orange gem or the Soul stone allows the bearer to control and snip the souls of the living and the dead. After his adopted-daughter Gamora takes Thanos to Vormir, the planet where the gem is kept, the Soul Stone's keeper, Red Skull, reveals possessing rock comes with a heavy price. Thanos is told that he can own the stone only when he sacrifices the life of his beloved (in this case - Gamora). He finally gets the stone after he throws his daughter off the cliff, crying.


What it means in the real world: The orange stone that represents Coral promotes strength, wisdom, intellect, power, courage, determination and enthusiasm.

What the Soul Stone means in the movie: The orange gem or the Soul stone allows the bearer to control and snip the souls of the living and the dead. After his adopted-daughter Gamora takes Thanos t..
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What the Time Stone means in the movie: The green gem, which is the Time Stone, allows the holder to control the flow of time. As the Avengers get together to subdue Thanos and pry his gauntlet, protector of Time Stone - Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) - views 14,000,605 alternate futures to defeat him, but reveals the superheroes win in only one. Thanos hits back, takes his gauntlet, and threatens to kill Tony 'Iron Man' Stark, featuring Robert Downey Jr) if Doctor Strange doesn't hand over the green stone.



What it means in the real world: The green stone representing Emerald ensures better earning opportunities and a steady and positive in-flow of wealth. It promotes career growth, ensures societal recognition, and yields spiritual benefits.

What the Time Stone means in the movie: The green gem, which is the Time Stone, allows the holder to control the flow of time. As the Avengers get together to subdue Thanos and pry his gauntlet, prot..
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What the Mind Stone means in the movie: The yellow gem that represents the Mind Stone allows the user to read and control the thoughts and dreams of others. The gem is inserted in the forehead of Vision, character played by Paul Bettany, that came from Loki’s scepter (right). The superheroes' attempts to stop Thanos from killing Vision to acquire the stone fail, and half the population (including Avengers) turn to dust.



What it means in the real world: The yellow stone, known as the magnificent Sapphire in all its hues, is associated with wisdom, wealth, sound health and prosperity.

What the Mind Stone means in the movie: The yellow gem that represents the Mind Stone allows the user to read and control the thoughts and dreams of others. The gem is inserted in the forehead of Vis..
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But Evans said there was room for all kinds of cinema and no one had the authority over what qualified as art.
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"I think original content inspires creative content. I think new stuff is what keeps the creative wheel rolling. I just believe there's room at the table for all of it. It's like saying a certain type of music isn't music. Who are you to say that?" he asked.

In an interview with BBC 5 Live, Boseman said the multiple Oscar-winning director was "possibly campaigning" for an award for his Netflix gangster drama, which was getting limited release in theatres.
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The actor also said he had to "respect" the director's opinion on Marvel films because he was "a genius at what he does".

"You've got to think about when he's saying it. He's saying it when he's possibly campaigning for an award. He's saying it at a time when he's making a Netflix movie, so that's how eyes get on his film, and it's not going to be in the cinemas – it's not going to be seen the best way," Boseman said.

Almost a month after sparking the debate, Scorsese, in an attempt to settle the matter, elaborated on his remarks in an October 4 op-ed of the New York Times, saying while the superhero films were made by people of considerable talent and artistry, there is an absence of "revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger" in them.

Boseman countered Scorsese, saying the director wouldn't have said the MCU films lacked "mystery" had he seen 'Black Panther'.

'Black Panther', the first Marvel film to be led by a person of colour (Boseman), was directed by Ryan Coogler and went on become a cultural phenomenon owing to its rich, sensitive portrayal of the African heritage and meaty roles for women characters.



The film featured a virtually all-black cast with Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Andy Serkis, among others.

Boseman said, "The mystery that Scorsese's talking about, it's in 'Black Panther'. And I think the funny thing about it is, maybe if he saw 'Black Panther', he didn't get that.

"He didn't get that there was this feeling of being unsure, there was this feeling of not knowing what's going to happen, because we never had a superhero like this before. We thought that white people will kill us off. So it's a possibility that we could be gone. So we felt that angst."

The actor suggested perhaps Scorsese didn't feel the same angst because of the colour of his skin.

"We felt that angst that you would feel from cinema when you watched it. That's cultural. Maybe it's generational. I don't know. But I'm secure in what we did, so his statements don't really bother me," Boseman added.
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