Twitter giveth and Twitter taketh away. The battle between legendary director Martin Scorsese and the Marvel Cinematic Universe rages on, this time by proxy, as Fantastic Four director Josh Trank threw himself head first into the debate with his social media reaction to the newly released Scorsese crime epic, The Irishman. But he faced such immediate backlash, that he later deleted his Marvel bashing words from social media. Here's what he originally had to say after watching Martin Scorsese's latest.
"Watching the Irishman. The first 5 minutes have more humanity and truth and cinematic intrigue than the running length of every single Marvel movie combined ahahahahahahahaha. Sorry, facts. PS: Not sorry."
Well, Josh Trank holds nothing back that's for sure. Of course, he quickly received the backlash he no doubt expected, as the fury of every single Marvel fanboy and fangirl aimed their keyboards directly at Trank and rained down upon him harder than Thanos and his invading army. Of course, they were far from the only movie fans to react, with Trank also gaining some support from those on the side of Martin Scorsese. Clearly unperturbed by the MCU corner's assault, Trank doubled down on his comments, questioning their very understanding on cinema in the process in a second tweet that has since been deleted.
"I'm sorry guys. I will die for cinema. You won't. You want hugs and affirmations, high fives for corporate and brand fandom. Don't try to talk to me about film history, film appraisal, art, professional risks, personal growth, and/or understanding/fairness to films/art/self expression. Real film lovers understand and fux with me. #cinema #offbrand #art #life"
This all seems a bit rich coming from the director of 2015's Fantastic Four, a film which was both critically and commercially mauled, but c'est la vie. Presumably because he felt he had not yet irked enough comic book fans, Trank then took one last shot at the genre, this time having a sly dig at DC's latest film, Joker, even calling out the film's director by name.
"My Mom wants me to stop tweeting. Night folks. PS: Check out "The King of Comedy" by Todd Phillips. Jerry Lewis!"
Oh dear. It is difficult to say what exactly Trank's intentions are with these comments, maybe he just desperately wants to be friends with Scorsese and does not care who he angers in the process, who knows? In any case, this is just further evidence that this Marvel debate sparked by Scorsese is going to keep going and going.
The Irishman is available now on Netflix, and has currently garnered the much coveted fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, currently standing at 96% with over 300 reviews. The biographical crime thriller follows mob hitman Frank Sheeran as he recalls his past years working for the Bufalino crime family. Now older, the WWII veteran once again reflects on his most prolific hits and, in particular, considers his involvement with his good friend Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance in 1975. The film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham and Harvey Keitel among others. This comes courtesy of Josh Trank on Twitter.