Samuel L. Jackson refutes Quentin Tarantino’s Marvel remarks

Within the newest installment of the endless “Are Marvel Movies Cinema?” debate — dropped at you by Martin Scorsese, movie star interviews and movie Twitter — Samuel L. Jackson has challenged Quentin Tarantino‘s assessment that Marvel actors are “not movie stars.”

On Tuesday’s episode of “The View,” Jackson waded into the capital-D Discourse surrounding “the Marvelization of Hollywood” — as Tarantino put it whereas showing on the “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast final week. It’s price noting that the supporting-actor Oscar nominee has starred in a number of Marvel films as Avengers recruiter Nick Fury, in addition to numerous Tarantino movies, together with “Pulp Fiction” and “The Hateful Eight.”

“It takes an actor to be those particular [Marvel] characters,” Jackson informed the panelists on “The View.” “And the sign of a movie star has always been what? A— in seats? What are we talking about?”

Jackson’s remarks got here a few week after Tarantino argued on “2 Bears, 1 Cave” that Marvel actors aren’t a lot film stars in their very own proper as they’re vessels for his or her extra well-known characters. Within the filmmaker’s view, it’s the ultra-popular supply materials — not the names on the poster — that pulls Marvel followers to theaters.

“Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is … you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” Tarantino stated.

“But they’re not movie stars. … Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times … It’s these franchise characters that become a star.”

Longtime buddy and collaborator Jackson emphatically disagreed.

“It’s not a big controversy for me to know that … these actors are movie stars,” Jackson continued on “The View.” “Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther — you can’t refute that. And he’s a movie star.”

Tarantino’s divisive Marvel feedback made the rounds earlier this month on social media, and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu was among the many first to reply. (Liu is the primary actor of Asian descent to headline a film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.)

“If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and [Martin] Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie,” Liu tweeted. “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.

“No movie studio is or ever will be perfect. But I’m proud to work with one that has made sustained efforts to improve diversity onscreen by creating heroes that empower and inspire people of all communities everywhere. I loved the ‘Golden Age’ too.. but it was white as hell.”

For what it’s price, Tarantino clarified throughout the “2 Bears, 1 Cave” interview that — as a former avid comic-book collector — he doesn’t “hate” Marvel films. However he doesn’t “love them” both.

“My only ax to grind against them is they’re the only things that seem to be made,” he stated. “And they’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement amongst a fan base or even for the studio making them. … There’s not really much room for anything else. That’s my problem.”