The longstanding rivalry between Marvel and DC has never been stronger since the battle for cinematic supremacy began, and now Samuel L. Jackson has waded in with his take.
Speaking to Collider, Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel movies, didn’t hold back when asked about the intensity of the two sides’ disdain for one another. He simply described it as: “Success breeds contempt.”
Yeah, don’t hold back at all, Sam.
That said, while the comment will no doubt hit a nerve with DC fans, Jackson doesn’t hold any bad feeling or bias against their movies.
Firstly, he thinks ‘Man of Steel’ is a great film and hopes ‘Wonder Woman’ will turn out well and that everyone just get along.
“Hopefully, ‘Wonder Woman’ will be great too. A friend of mine trained her. I hope it’s good. I think there’s room for everybody to exist out here. The fact that it’s not working or doesn’t work or people want a specific thing… I mean that’s what makes movies the movies, and what makes audiences audiences. Hopefully, [DC will] make one of those movies these days and it’ll be as big as a Marvel movie.”
His hope that one day DC is as big as Marvel could arguably be seen as a sly dig, even though his prior thoughts are very pro-’Wonder Woman’. However, the truth is that DC’s output isn’t as popular with audiences as Marvel’s is - with the exception of ‘Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad’s’ ticket sales. Even then, opinion across its fan base and reviewers was mixed, to say the least.
Yet anyone who’s seen any of Jackson’s interviews over the years will know how honest and to the point he is, so the likelihood is he’s genuinely optimistic that DC can match Marvel with their future output.
The acting icon has already been in a number of Marvel outings, with his last appearance being in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ sees Jackson return as Fury the year after next.
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is in UK cinemas on 27 April, 2018.
Picture credit: Disney/Marvel