Veteran actor Samuel L. Jackson -- who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- has offered his thoughts on recent comments made by Martin Scorsese, in which the lauded director said that Marvel movies are "not cinema."
"I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny," Jackson said in an interview with Variety. "Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either. Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies."
When asked about the Marvel films in an interview with Empire, Scorsese said, "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."
Jackson -- an esteemed member of the film industry in his own right -- has been a part of the MCU since its beginning, making his on-screen debut as Nick Fury in the post-credits scene of 2008's Iron Man. He subsequently reprised his role in Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and, most recently, Spider-Man: Far From Home. It is currently unclear if and when he will play the Marvel character again.