‘We’re not embarrassed by the fact that we have big blockbusters,’ Disney exec says

Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios is at the heart of a debate. One side is represented by directors like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, who argue that superhero movies dominating the box office make it difficult for any other type of movie to survive, let alone thrive, in theaters. On the other is Disney, a company whose executives argue that it’s one of the largest supporters of cinema and theatrical releases.

Disney is a company poised to make $10 billion this year at the box office — the highest for one studio in history — on the backs of remakes, sequels, and franchise installments. Scorsese, Coppola, and a community of cinephiles have long bemoaned what mega entertainment companies like Disney are doing to film, but company executives feel…

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