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Mel Gibson Criticizes Marvel Movie Violence

Mel Gibson is what you might call a "complicated" guy.

We won't even get into all the drama in his personal life, but he definitely has a lot of strong opinions and he's never been afraid to share them. But in a recent interview with The Washington Post, he made an argument that some might find a little controversial.

While promoting his new movie Hacksaw Ridge, a film that The New Yorker called "laced with pornographic violence," the 60-year-old actor and director deflected a question about the amount of gore in the movie by instead calling out Marvel superhero flicks. He said Marvel films depict "violence without conscience," which is apparently worse than the brutality and gore in Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, and Apocalypto.

"To talk about the violence question, look at any Marvel movie," he said. "They're more violent than anything that I've done, but [in my movies,] you give a s*** about the characters, which makes it matter more. That's all I'll say."

He might have something of a point, but he also must not have seen Captain America: Civil War, which revolves around the Avengers taking accountability for all the destruction they've caused during their adventures.

Gibson has been pretty vocal recently about his displeasure with superhero movies. A few months back, he called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a "piece of s***" and echoed his comments about the violence in his films compared to fantasy-style violence.

"I'm not interested in the stuff," Gibson said. "Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic-book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn't wear spandex. So I don't know. Spandex must cost a lot."

Time will tell if Gibson is right (or if he eventually makes a superhero movie of his own). In the meantime, check out a few Marvel comics that are so dark they'll probably never become movies.