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Samuel L. Jackson responds to Martin Scorsese’s Marvel "not cinema" comments


Samuel L. Jackson has reacted in defence of the Marvel Universe following the negative comments made by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

The iconic director, who is famed for his work on pictures such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, was recently drawn into a conversation which asked for his opinion on the growing superhero franchise which has blown away previous box office records. 

Asked if he has been swept away in the surge of Marvel films, Scorsese replied: “I tried, you know?” in an interview with Esquire Magazine. “But that’s not cinema.”

He added: “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

Jackson, who was appearing on the red carpet as part of the grand opening of Tyler Perry’s new studio in Atlanta, was asked for his opinion on Scorsese’s comments: “I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either,” he told Variety.

He added: “Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”

While remaining typically relaxed on the whole situation, Jackson’s comments were particularly less to the point than those of James Gunn, a director who has worked closely with the Marvel Universe in recent years.

Gunn, who is closely affiliated to the Marvel Universe, directed Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 before returning to helm its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, three years later. Furthermore, Gunn acted as executive producer on Avengers: Endgame, a project which became the highest grossing film in history when it scooped $2.8billion at box office.

Reacting to Scorsese’s recent comments on social media, Gunn said: “Martin Scorsese is one of my top favourite living filmmakers,” in a post on Twitter. “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.”

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