There was no guarantee that Iron Man, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, a funny Thor- that any of these films would succeed. But, they enthralled, surprised, and amazed their audience with a near constant ability to improve on their source material. They respect their audience and know that being predictable will crash the whole universe. Marvel presented 21 films that stood alone, and were parts of a huge jigsaw at the same time. They left close to zero loose ends, and filmgoers we’re happy to pay for repeat viewings. But, Martin Scorcese and others are content to ignorantly stereotype these “comic-book” movies as vapid, predictable, beneath contempt. I guess it’s inevitable that *the most successful franchise ever* would eventually fall prey to this kind of snobbish, utterly vacant sort of attack. but, it’s distressing to see it come from a top talent like Martin Scorcese, who is clearly jealous, way off base, and has obviously never watched any of this run of films.