Robert Downey Jr. Reacts to Iron Man Oscars Petition & Scorsese’s ‘Avengers’ Criticism

Carla Harmon
October 9, 2019

Speaking to Howard Stern, he said: "I'm so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about it, and I said, 'Let's not'". "Films are films. You know, everybody doesn't like his stuff either". But that's not cinema.

Downey, who portrayed superhero Iron Man in Marvel Studios' money-minting MCU, addressed the veteran filmmaker's remarks during his appearance on The Howard Stern show. "I think it's like anything where we need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on", he argued.

Robert Downey Jr. shared the awkward experience of nearly coming to blows with a Hollywood exec in the green room of "The Howard Stern Show" just moments after it took place, saying the industry exec attempted to belittle him while asking Downey Jr.to move away from the Sirius XM monitors.

In an interview with Empire to promote his film, The Irishman, Scorsese said he has tried unsuccessfully to watch Marvel movies.

'It's his opinion, ' Downey said. Well, Tony Stark has finally entered the chat, reacting to the idea of Oscar gold in a conversation with Howard Stern.


While I might strongly disagree with Martin Scorsese's seemingly uninformed opinion on what superhero movies are and are not and his narrow definition of what constitutes cinema, Robert Downey Jr.is right, it is just his opinion, it's not an edict. "Were you insulted when he said it's not cinema?"

'When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate competition in such a demonstrative way, it's phenomenal'.

Now, RDJ is weighing in on the filmmaker's comment on Marvel movie.

Iron Man has spoken and how!

"I don't see them".


"That's kind of like saying Bugs Bunny ain't amusing". "You know this - you're in therapy!" I mean, that is a profound performance, when you can touch audiences all over the world to that degree. When the host asked Downey if he thinks the filmmaker is jealous, he replied, "Of course he's not jealous of the success".

I agree that opinions are welcome, but personally think it's pretty unfair to write off the whole of the MCU like that, particularly when directors are trying to expand the canvas with movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Thor: Ragnarok.

Downey emphasised that the Marvel movies do play in theatres and are doing well at the box office.

Downey did make some allowance for the point of view that comic-book and genre movies have taken up a remarkable share of the overall movie experience.


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