It should be a balance and for a while it was tipping to the formulaic MCU films. It changed people's perspective of what movie type of movie is movie theater worthy which tend to be franchise movies with lots of special effects. With seeing that, the studios (and multiplex theaters) are mainly looking for movies that can be turned into big money franchises while everything is else doesn't get funded or gets demoted to straight to streaming services.actually sounds like scorsese is mad, nothing about superhero movies prevents anybody from watching his latest Deniro mafia flick.
They just had their time, Westerns used to be the the shyt everybody watched, Gangster flicks had literally two peaks, once in the old black and white era, and again during the scorsese prime. martial arts films dominated in the 70s because of bruce lee bringing attention to the genre.
90s gave romantic comedies a solid run on top. Now its superhero flicks. when they finish their run some other genre will take over and dominate.
how it always worked
moreover its more to do with the audience age and taste. Most people in their 30-40s are the primary spenders at the box office. Thats a generation of kids that grew watching an animated version of the mcu with the spiderman, & x-men cartoons sharing a cinematic universe. We getting what WE want right now because it's our time. When gen z hits their 30s & 40s they'll decided want to spend the money on and the industry will cater to them at that point.
Even his movie, The Irishman, dropped by Paramount and pushed to Netflix which . You can say nobody what's to see mobster movies but clearly people did because it was highly rated by the audience and critics, and it stay in the public conversation for while.
I grew up watching all of that and had a massive physical comic collection (and occasionally I still read comics via my iPad) but I'm also a lover of cinema. I saw every MCU movie in the theater and I enjoyed them for what they were but most I would only rate as " it's ok"
I think in this interview Martin explains his state of mind better