Samuel L. Jackson fires back at Martin Scorsese over Marvel comments: 'Some people don't like his stuff either'

Ben Arnold
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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (Credit: Marvel/Disney)

Samuel L. Jackson has clapped back at Martin Scorsese, after he denounced the Marvel movies as 'not cinema'.

Nick Fury himself bought the fury, explaining that not everyone is a Scorsese fan either.

Speaking to Variety, he said: “That’s kind of like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny.

“Films are films. You know, everybody doesn’t like his stuff either. I mean, we happen to, but everybody doesn’t.

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“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 it’s okay. It’s not going to stop anyone from making movies.”

In a recent interview with the Goodfellas and Taxi Driver director, Scorsese told Empire: “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema.

“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.”

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The comments have caused something of a storm among Marvel fans and those close to the billion-dollar movie franchise.

James Gunn, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, said in a tweet: “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.”

Avengers director Joss Whedon added:

Scorsese is poised to release his latest movie, the three-hour-plus mob drama The Irishman, on November 1.

Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, it's based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses, detailing the life of Frank Sheeran, a union official with links to organised crime and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, leader of the Teamsters union.

It will stream on Netflix from November 27.