Lyon / Los Angeles (dpa) - The film world discusses the worldwide success of superhero blockbusters such as «Avengers» or «Thor».

Cult director Francis Ford Coppola (80) does not care much about this type of cinema. "I do not know what people get to see the same movie over and over again," he told media reports over the weekend at an awards ceremony in Lyon. "We should learn something from the cinema and acquire knowledge, knowledge and inspiration."

The US filmmaker, who created success hits such as "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and "The Godfather" (1972, 1974, 1990), jumps with his colleague Martin Scorsese (76, "Good Fellas"). He was also surprised by the great success of comic book films recently and compared them to "amusement parks". "It's not the cinema of people trying to convey emotional and psychological experiences to other people," Scorsese told the magazine "Empire."

Martin was friendly when he said these films were not a cinema. He did not say they were abominable - the way I would call them, "Coppola reportedly continued.

US colleague James Gunn, 53, who shot the Marvel films Guardians of the Galaxy, responded Sunday (local time) on Instagram to criticism. "Many of our grandfathers thought that all gangster films were the same and often called them 'disgusting'." The same applies to Westerns and science-fiction films. "Some superhero movies are bad, some are wonderful. Like Westerns or gangster movies (or simply: movies). »

Actress Natalie Portman (38) told the Hollywood Reporter: "I think there is room for all kinds of cinema. There is not only one way to make art. "Portman will return to the Marvel Universe in the fourth" Thor "section.

Superhero films such as "Spider-Man", "Iron Man" or "Captain Marvel" have been among Hollywood's blockbusters for years. The heroic epic "Avengers: Endgame" has been the world's most successful movie in cinema history since the summer, with revenues of around 2.8 billion dollars (about 2.5 billion euros).

The Marvel Universe with so far more than 20 films will be expanded in the future with more superheroes. Next, "Black Widow" will be released in April 2020 with Scarlett Johansson as the eponymous heroine. Competitor DC Comics is no less successful with comic book films such as "Batman", "Wonder Woman" or currently "Joker".