Samuel L. Jackson Responds to Quentin Tarantino Over Marvel Comments

Honorary Award recipient Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino at The 2022 Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom on Friday, March 25, 2022 at Ovation Hollywood, CA. (Al Seib / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Marvel veteran Samuel L. Jackson has responded to the recent comments made by filmmaker Quentin Tarantino about Marvel films.

What makes Samuel L. Jackson the right person to respond to Tarantino is his longtime association with both Marvel and the filmmaker. The honorary Oscar winner first appeared as Nick Fury during a post-credits scene in 2008’s Iron Man and has reprised the role in numerous films ever since. Jackson has appeared in numerous films directed by Quentin Tarantino starting with Pulp Fiction in 1994. Following the 1994 film, Jackson appeared in Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Volume 2 (cameo), Inglorious Basterds (voice cameo), Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight.

Jackson’s comments about the filmmaker’s comments came during Tuesday appearance on The View.

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

He is asked the question 6:38 into the below clip:

The Elon Musk acquisition of Twitter also came up–to which Jackson responds, “I just quit it.” Jackson refers to the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff race as being more important. He says that Twitter is not the real world.

Tarantino initially said the following during a podcast appearance on 2 Bears, 1 Cave:

“You have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. 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.”

The filmmaker has previously let it be known that he has no interest in ever directing a film for Marvel Studios.

Jackson wasn’t the first Marvel star to respond. Shang-Chi‘s Simu Liu recently tweeted in response to Tarantino’s comments while touching on Martin Scorsese as well.

“If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie. I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone.”

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