Samuel L. Jackson offers a response to Martin Scorsese’s Marvel comment

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

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Last week Martin Scorsese made headlines for some non-IRISHMAN news, seemingly stopping the world in its tracks after he revealed that he didn’t much care for the Marvel movies. The Oscar-winning director’s comments to Empire made the rounds after he said the comic book movies were “not cinema”, comparing them more to “theme park rides.” Everyone from fans to Marvel vets had their own responses for Scorsese, and now MCU star Samuel L. Jackson is throwing his thoughts into the mix with a directness that’s about one “motherf**ker” away from perfect.


The man who has brought Nick Fury to the screen since his cameo at the end of the first IRON MAN in 2008 (and most recently in SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME) shared his thoughts to Variety while at the opening of Tyler Perry’s new studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either. There are a lot of Italian-Americans that don’t think he should be making films about them like that. Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.

Jackson is not the only Marvel figure to respond to Scorsese's comments, with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director James Gunn expressing some disappointment on Twitter.

"Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way." He continued, "That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can’t wait to see The Irishman."


He did clarify his comments after experiencing a bit of backlash after using Scorsese's controversial THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST as an example. "And I’m not saying religious zealotry is the same as not liking my movies, or in the same category," he wrote. "What I’m saying is I’m not fond of people judging things without actually seeing them, whether it’s a movie about Jesus or a genre."

Jackson hit the nail on head here, and with his own dash of humor ("Everybody doesn't like his stuff either"). Everybody has their opinions, especially when it comes to Marvel movies in this current climate in the entertainment industry. Does everyone have to agree with them? No, but Scorsese is more than entitled to his opinion, and it's not going to stop these movies from being made. As Jackson clapped back with, not everyone likes Scorsese either, but that doesn't stop him from being considered one of the best to make a movie. Contrary to the level at which everyone responded to all this, the world is still spinning.

Source: Variety

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