Martin Scorsese, the venerated director behind "Taxi Driver" and "Goodfellas," is not a fan of Marvel movies.
"I don't see them," Scorsese told Empire Magazine when asked if he watches the popular superhero films. "I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema.
"Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks," he continued. "It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being."
James Gunn, the director of the Marvel movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," said he was "saddened" by Scorsese's comments.
Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way. https://t.co/hzHp8x4Aj8
"Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers," Gunn tweeted. "I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way.
"That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can’t wait to see The Irishman."
Scorsese's latest film, "The Irishman," featuring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, will be released Nov. 1.
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1973: Headshot portrait of American film director, actor, writer and producer Martin Scorsese smiling. (Photo by Santi Visalli Inc./Getty Images)
American film director Martin Scorsese sits in front of Ferrara's cafe on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, during the making of his film, 'Mean Streets,' New York City, October 17, 1973. (Photo by Jack Manning/New York Times Co./Getty Images)
A Peter Strausfeld designed poster for the Academy Cinema screening of Martin Scorsese's 1973 drama 'Mean Streets' starring Robert De Niro. (Photo by Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)
American film director Martin Scorsese sits in a cafe on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, during the making of his film, 'Mean Streets,' New York City, October 16, 1973. (Photo by Jack Manning/New York Times Co./Getty Images)
Robert De Niro on the set with Martin Scorsese on the set of the film 'Taxi Driver', 1976. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
A poster for Martin Scorsese's 1976 crime film 'Taxi Driver' starring Robert De Niro. (Photo by Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)
October 1976: Headshot of American director Martin Scorsese at a press conference for his film, 'Taxi Driver'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Martin Scorsese during a visit to the British Film Institute (BFI) in London. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 19: Medium BTS shot of director Martin Scorsese and Griffin Dunne as Paul Hackett. (Photo by Warner Bros./Getty Images)
American filmmaker Martin Scorsese signs an autograph, circa 1985. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Portrait of American film director Martin Scorsese as he leans against a lamp pole on a deserted street, New York, New York, 1985. (Photo by Oliver Morris/Getty Images)
Close-up portrait of American film director Martin Scorsese, New York, New York, 1985. (Photo by Oliver Morris/Getty Images)
Martin Scorsese, Barbara De Fina, Charles Scorsese and Catherine Scorsese (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
'Round Midnight' by Bertrand Tavernier with Dexter Gordon and Martin Scorsese, 1986. (Photo by Etienne George/RDA/Getty Images)
November 1986: American director Martin Scorsese (L) and American actor Tom Cruise at a press conference with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Scorsese's film, 'The Color of Money,' in which Cruise starred, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
American film director Martin Scorsese during the shooting of 'The Last Temptation of Christ', 1988. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Christians protest outside the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan, at the portrayal of Christ in Martin Scorsese's film 'The Last Temptation of Christ', New York City, 13th August 1988. One of the placards reads: 'God Damns Blasphemy'. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images)
CANADA - AUGUST 10: Critics have it all wrong: Director Martin Scorsese spoke with Peter Goddard yesterday about controversy surrounding his movie. The Last Temptation Of Christ; which opens tomorrow. Goddard says most of Scorsese's harshest critics have him all wrong. It's not sex that was the last temptation in the movie; but Jesus' desire to live a normal life. Religious leaders have condemned the film. (Photo by Andrew Stawicki/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Martin Scorsese during The American Museum of the Moving Image Tribute to Sidney Poitier at Waldorf Hotel in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sidney Pollack, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, and Joe Pesci publicity portrait for the film 'Goodfellas', 1990. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Martin Scorsese during 1990 Crystal Apple Awards at Gracie Mansion in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese during 6th Annual Moving Picture Ball Honoring Martin Scorsese at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Martin Scorsese and parents during Publication Party for 'The Scorsese Picture' at Tribeca Grill in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Prince Edward and Martin Scorsese during 4th Annual Britannia Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: Martin Scorsese (left) and Robert De Niro have a laugh at news conference to promote the movie 'Casino' at the Essex House. Scorsese directed the film and De Niro stars in it. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 863 -- Pictured: (l-r) Director Martin Scorsese during an interview with host Jay Leno on February 14, 1996 (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Director Robert Zemeckis, director Steven Spielberg, actress Winona Ryder, director Martin Scorsese and director George Lucas attend the Third Annual John Huston Award for Artists Rights Salute to Marting Scorsese on February 16, 1996 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Martin Scorsese during AFI Tribute to Martin Scorsese at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Martin Scorsese and Albert Brooks star on the set of Brooks'' film, 'The Muse.' 1999 October Films. All Rights Reserved.
Barbara De Fina, Martin Scorsese and Mary Beth Hurt (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Director Martin Scorsese (center) in action on set of the movie 'GoodFellas' at Hillside Ave., Queens. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE: US director Martin Scorsese (C) poses for photographers with US actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and actress Cameron Diaz during a photocall after the screening of twenty minutes of Martin Scorsese's upcoming feature 'Gangs of New York' starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz 20 May 2002 during the 55th Cannes film festival. (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
398255 04: Film director Martin Scorsese announces the creation of the first annual Tribeca Film Festival December 6, 2001 in New York City. The festival, scheduled to take place in May 2002, is expected to help revitalize Lower Manhattan after the September 11th terrorist attacks. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Martin Scorsese during UCLA Tribute to Martin Scorsese at Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Martin Scorsese, winner of the award for Best Director - Motion Picture, backstage in the pressroom at the 60th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 28: Director Martin Scorsese received the 2,217th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony in front of the Kodak Theatre on February 28, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 7: Director Martin Scorsese speaks at the Scorsese And Music Panel during the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival May 7, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro attend the 'Shark Tale' premiere at Central Park's Delacorte Theater on September 27, 2004 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 1: Director Martin Scorsese talks at the Four Season's Hotel on December 1, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Piyal Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Martin Scorsese
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director Martin Scorsese arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 27, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Martin Scorsese on Location for ''The Departed'' in Boston, Mass - July 7, 2005 at Boston Commons in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/FilmMagic)
THE DEPARTED, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, 2006, (c) Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Director Martin Scorsese talks at the Loews Regency Hotel on September 17, 2006 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Piyal Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Martin Scorsese accepts Best Director award for 'The Departed' (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Director Martin Scorsese attends a photocall promoting the 'World Cinema Foundation' at the Palais des Festivals during the 60th International Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2007 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Director Martin Scorsese attends the Martin Scorsese Photo Call at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2009 in Cannes, France (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O+BRIEN -- Episode 142 -- Pictured: (l-r) Director Martin Scorsese during an interview with host Conan O'Brien on January 18, 2010 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)