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Nick Fury himself Samuel L. Jackson responds to Quentin Tarantino's Marvel criticism
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Nick Fury himself Samuel L. Jackson responds to Quentin Tarantino's Marvel criticism

Nick Fury himself Samuel L. Jackson responds to Quentin Tarantino's Marvel criticism
Photo: © ANP

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Quentin Tarantino's criticism of Marvel movies.

The Oscar-nominated actor has featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for well over a decade, first appearing as Nick Fury in a post-credits scene in Iron Man. From there, the character played a key role in the Avengers storyline, featuring in Infinity War, Endgame, and plenty of other movies like Captain Marvel.

Going by box office alone, Jackson is the most successful actor of all time, and a major contributor to that success is his relationship with Marvel. 

And, he seems to love what he does, as he previously claimed he would rather continue to play Fury than win an Academy Award.

Tarantino recently said that none of the actors performing in the MCU are movie stars, and that the characters were the real stars.

Jackson disagrees.

"It takes an actor to be those particular characters, and the sign of movie stardom has always been, what, asses in seats? What are we talking about?" he said on The View.

"That’s not a big controversy for me to know that apparently, these actors are movie stars. Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. You can’t refute that, and he’s a movie star."

Boseman tragically passed away from cancer in 2020, but his role as Black Panther sent him into superstardom.

What did Tarantino say about Marvel movies?

Tarantino claims that he does not hate Marvel movies, but laments the number of projects that get made.

"Part of the Marvel-isation of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters, but they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star," the Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs director explained.

"Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times … but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.

“Look, I used to collect Marvel comics like crazy when I was a kid.

“There’s an aspect that if these movies were coming out when I was in my twenties, I would totally be f****** happy and totally love them.

"I mean, they wouldn’t be the only movies being made. They would be those movies amongst other movies. But, you know, I’m almost 60, so yeah. No, I’m not quite as excited about them.

“My only axe to grind against them is they’re the only things that seem to be made."

Tarantino previously said he would never make a Marvel movie as he is not a director-for-hire.

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