Nicolas Cage defends Marvel from uncle Francis Ford Coppola with well-reasoned argument

Nicolas Cage
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Actor Nicolas Cage is defending Marvel movies despite his own uncle, legendary Apocalypse Now filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, deriding them in recent years.

Cage has himself starred in Marvel films Ghost Rider and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance before Marvel Studios became the powerhouse, well-oiled movie machine that it is today.

Back in 2019, Coppola defended his pal, Taxi Driver director Martin Scorsese, for saying he doesn’t think Marvel movies are cinema. Coppola went one step further, saying not only are Marvel films not cinema, but they are “despicable.”

“A Marvel picture is one prototype movie that is made over and over and over and over and over again to look different,” Coppola recently reiterated.

Cage apparently doesn’t share the same sentiment as his uncle. The Oscar-winning actor — whose repertoire ranges from arthouse indie films to straight-to-VOD schlock to crowd-pleasing blockbusters — told GQ when confronted with the Marvel criticisms that he doesn’t “understand the conflict.”