Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi has responded to director Martin Scorsese's claims that Marvel films are as frivolous as "theme parks".
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Waititi was on a press run for his new film JoJo Rabbit when he was asked about the Goodfellas director's assertion that the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are "not cinema".
"Of course it's cinema! It's at the movies," Waititi replied.
"It's in cinemas... near you."
The Thor: Ragnarok director pointed out that the word 'cinema' is even in the name of the film franchise: "Marvel cinema-tic universe," he said.
"It's too late for them to change the name to Marvel-etic Universe."
While Waititi laughs off the comments in the interview, other filmmakers found Scorsese's comments harder to swallow.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took to Twitter earlier this month to express his disappointment at Scorsese's "judgement" of his movies.
"Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film," he wrote.
"I'm saddened that he's now judging my films in the same way."
Meanwhile, Scorsese's latest project is reportedly already creating Oscar buzz. The Irishman will hit cinemas on November 1 before its Netflix release on November 27.