AceShowbiz - Samuel L. Jackson had a perfect response after Martin Scorsese shared his two cents on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the likes of James Gunn and Joss Whedon couldn't hide their disappointment at the veteran filmmaker's comment on Marvel's superhero movies, the "Avengers: Endgame" star didn't seem to budge.
"I mean that's like saying Bugs Bunny ain't funny. Films are films," said the actor, known for his portrayal of Nick Fury in the MCU, when speaking with Variety at the opening of Tyler Perry's new studio in Atlanta, GA, on Saturday, October 5. Hitting back at the Academy Award-winning director, Jackson added, "Everybody doesn't like his stuff either."
At the end of the day, he said that "everybody's got an opinion, so I mean it's okay," but added that Scorsese's opinion "ain't going to stop nobody from making movies."
Scorsese previously said when asked by Empire magazine about his comment on Marvel films, "I don't see them. I tried, you know? But that's not cinema." Further dismissing the superhero flicks from MCU, 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."
Gunn, who has directed two "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies, reacted to "The Irishman" helmer's remark through his Twitter account. "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," he wrote.
"And I'm not saying religious zealotry is the same as not liking my movies, or in the same category. What I'm saying is I'm not fond of people judging things without actually seeing them, whether it's a movie about Jesus or a genre," he explained his first tweet before it gets misunderstood. Gunn added, "That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can't wait to see The Irishman."
Whedon, who served behind the lens for 2012's "The Avengers" and its 2015 sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron", felt that the comment was unfair to his colleague Gunn. "I first think of @JamesGunn, how his heart & guts are packed into GOTG," he posted on his own social media account. "I revere Marty, & I do see his point, but... Well there's a reason why 'I'm always angry'," he remarked.
Scorsese has not responded after his comment on Marvel films sparked backlash on social media.