Veteran directors are still his heroes, says younger film-maker, despite dismissal of superhero fare such as his own Iron Man movies

Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe feature film, has responded to recent criticism of blockbuster superhero movies voiced by auteur directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

Speaking to CNBC, Favreau was asked about the pairs comments, and said in reply: These two guys are my heroes, and they have earned the right to express their opinions. I wouldnt be doing what Im doing if they didnt carve the way. They served as a source of inspiration, you can go all the way back to [Favreaus breakthrough film] Swingers.

As well as Iron Man, Favreau has directed its follow-up, Iron Man 2, the recent Disney remakes of The Jungle Book and The Lion King, and is the creator of the Star Wars spin-off TV show The Mandalorian coming out in the US next month.

Favreau added: They can express whatever opinion they like.

Scorsese and Coppola have both aimed barbs in recent days at blockbuster superhero films. Scorsese likened them to theme parks, while Coppola described Marvel as despicable. Their views were echoed by British director Ken Loach, who called superhero films boring and a cynical exercise [that] has nothing to do with the art of cinema.

But directors including James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers) have defended the genre, with Gunn writing on social media: Superheroes are simply todays gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers.



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