February 3, 2023

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Kumail Nanjiani: Scorsese Can Hate Marvel All He Wants, Eternals 2

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Kumail Nanjiani is a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to his role as Kingo in “Eternals,” but that doesn’t mean he’s criticizing ongoing film franchises with directors like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.

“I obviously love the movies that Tarantino or Scorsese make,” Nanjiani recently told Esquire magazine. “And I might agree with Scorsese’s opinion about superhero movies, but I mean, who else has earned the right to have an opinion?”

Nanjiani added, “If Scorsese hasn’t earned the right to have an opinion about the movie, then none of us should have an opinion about the movie. It’s so weird that people get upset about it.”

Scorsese sparked outrage among Marvel fans in October 2019 when he told Empire magazine, “I don’t see [Marvel movies]. I tried, you know? But that’s not a movie. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as they are made up, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is a theme park. It’s not a human movie trying to convey an emotional, psychological experience to another human being.”

Scorsese later clarified that his criticism of Marvel had nothing to do with quality and everything to do with the show. The Oscar winner expressed concern about how the dominance of Marvel and comic book movies is pushing smaller movies into movie theaters. Francis Ford Coppola backs Scorsese’s claims and says there is “no risk” in the Marvel film.

Nanziani said that Scorsese has “earned the right” to criticize Marvel, echoing a similar statement made by Jon Favreau shortly after Scorsese and Coppola’s original comments. Favreau launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe by directing “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.” He has a recurring role in the franchise as Happy Hogan.

“These two guys are my heroes, and they’ve earned the right to express their opinions,” Favreau told CNBC at the time. “I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if they didn’t pave the way. They served as a source of inspiration, you can go back to ‘Swingers’. They can publish whatever they want.”

As for Nanjiani’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s still waiting for the studio to call him about the “Eternals” sequel.

“I want to come back,” Nanjiani recently told Total Film magazine. “But I’m waiting to hear when or if it’s going to happen. I hope I can do more. I had a great time playing that role. It would be a shame if he somehow and worked. But, you know, it’s not for me to decide.”

Nanjiani’s performance in “Eternals” is now available to stream on Disney+

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