This Avenger Sets the Record Straight On Francis Ford Coppola’s Marvel Criticisms

Ever since Martin Scorsese’s recent criticism in which he says that Marvel movies aren’t “cinema,” fans have been up and arms and debates have raged on. Now, another major director is chiming in: Francis Ford Coppola. Here’s why one Avenger is speaking up in the wake of Coppola’s comments.

Who is Francis Ford Coppola?

Coppola is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time. He got his start as a scriptwriter, and, by the 1970s, was creating his own films, including one you’ve absolutely heard of: The Godfather, as well as its two highly-regarded sequels.

The director and writer has continued to create notable films through the years, though he has slowed his production speed in recent years. Regardless, his movies have been nominated for a total of 80 Academy Awards, and have won an impressive 24 of those, six of which go personally to Coppola for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original or Adapted Screenplay.

What the director said about the MCU

Francis Ford Coppola receiving the Lumiere Award on October 18, 2019
Francis Ford Coppola receiving the Lumiere Award on October 18, 2019 | Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Coppola was honored in France this past weekend, and he added to the comments of Scorsese. “When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration,” said Coppola.

“I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again,” Coppola told Yahoo News. He continued, “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

This Avenger disagrees with Coppola

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For the most part, it’s been fans of the MCU (and many critics as well) arguing for the films in the wake of these kinds of comments. But now, actor Sebastian Stan, who portrays Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, is speaking up.

“He’s one of my heroes and I was listening to him and meanwhile, I just spent the day with all of you,” Stan told ComicBook.com of Coppola. “People have been going up to me like ‘Thank you so much for this character,’ ‘This movie helped me out so much,’ ‘This movie inspired me. Now I feel better. Now I feel less alone,’ so how can you say these movies are not helping people?”

Sebastian Stan’s MCU history

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Stan first portrayed James Buchanan ‘Bucky’ Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger. He’s the best friend of Steve Rogers in the 1940s, and they work together before he seemingly dies after falling from a train. However, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America learns that Bucky survived, and is now his enemy.

The two then became friends once more after Steve helped his pal through that whole being brainwashed thing. Stan originally had a nine-movie deal with Marvel and has thus far appeared in five: the aforementioned two, along with Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame (he also made an uncredited cameo in Black Panter).

What’s next for Stan

Stan has quite a few projects in the works. A romantic drama, Endings, Beginnings, premiered at TIFF last month, and a war drama, The Last Full Measure, is due out in Jan. 2020. Oh, and he’s got at least three other films in post-production.

However, the project fans are most excited about is still about a year away. Stan will reunite with MCU pal Anthony Mackie in the upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The series has just begun production, so stay tuned for more updates about it.