Another day, another discussion about legendary director Martin Scorsese's comments regarding the cinematic comic book spectacle that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having been a red hot topic for weeks now, there was no sign of the debate slowing down at this year's Hollywood Film Awards. With Scorsese in attendance with his new film, The Irishman, as well as giving out a lifetime achievement award to his longtime friend and producer, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, the discussion of Scorsese vs Marvel was never very far from people's minds.

The Hollywood Film Awards this year were hosted by comedian and Jump Street star Rob Riggle, who wasted no time in bringing the Scorsese vs Marvel controversy into the proceedings. Announcing Avengers: Endgame as the winner of the Best Blockbuster award, Riggle brought some much needed jest to the polarising subject matter.

"And here to present the award is Martin Scorsese."

Though this may not seem particularly funny, you'll soon be smiling when it is in fact Mark Ruffalo who emerges to give the award to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Production, Victoria Alonso. Ruffalo was one of the first of the Marvel gang to discuss Martin Scorsese's anti-MCU comments on social media, and though he did not mention the director by name in his speech, you'd have to have your eyes tightly shut and your hands pressed hard against your ears to miss the subtext.

"The team at Marvel Studios did something that brought the whole world together. It's not something you can do with just spectacle alone, by the way, but there's plenty of that. What really speaks to people about these movies, I think, is the heart and humanity of characters, that's what makes Avengers: Endgame so powerful to witness - these characters that care about and reckon with the world around them ... to watch them struggle and survive and sometimes even say goodbye. That's what makes it cinema."

A surprisingly passive-aggressive response from the Hulk. When the time came for Martin Scorsese to take the stage, he avoided discussing it completely, instead praising Tillinger Koskoff and her work on The Irishman.

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"(Tillinger Koskoff) makes it possible for me to be able to make the film I want to make, to protect and help me create how I see it."

For those somehow still unaware, Martin Scorsese's comments regarding Marvel Movies have irked a lot of people, both fellow Hollywood stars and fans across the world, with the likes of John Favreau, Kevin Smith and Jordan Peele adding their two cents.

"They turn cinemas into theme parks. They're not cinema, they're something else. And we shouldn't be invaded by them."

Not exactly flattering words from the masterful filmmaker. Of course, Scorsese gets to prove to us once again why he is allowed to say whatever he wants about cinema when his very well received The Irishman hits Netflix on November 27th. This comes from The Hollywood Reporter.

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