The director of the Marvel movies “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” responded to recent criticism of the franchise from directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, and he was surprisingly supportive of the two legendary directors.
Jon Favreau was asked to comment on the criticism during an interview with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin focusing on his new “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” for Disney Plus.
As we reported previously, Scorsese has been voicing his disapproval of Marvel’s superhero films, including decrying them as “not cinema.” Coppola went even further, calling the Marvel movies “despicable.”
Favreau was quick to point out that Scorsese and Coppola helped pave the way for his own work.
“These two guys are my heroes, and they’ve earned the right to express their opinions,” Favreau told Boorstin in the interview Tuesday morning. “And I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if they didn’t carve the way — and they served as a source of inspiration, you can go all the way back to ‘Swingers.’ … For me, they could express whatever opinion they like, and we’ll leave it at that.”
You can watch the interview below. The discussion of Scorsese and Coppola’s comments begins at about 5:21 …