Samuel L. Jackson Responds to Quentin Tarantino’s Claims That Marvel Actors Are Not “Movie Stars”

Earlier this month, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino shared in a popular podcast interview his feelings as it relates to actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Specifically, that he thought they were not actually “movie stars.” Following these remarks, Marvel Cinematic Universe Star Samuel L. Jackson has shared his own thoughts on Tarantino’s comments.

“It takes an actor to be those particular characters, and the sign of movie stardom has always been, what, asses in seats? What are we talking about?” Jackson shared on The View, per Entertainment Weekly. “That’s not a big controversy for me to know that apparently these actors are movie stars. Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. You can’t refute that, and he’s a movie star.”


For those not familiar, Jackson first debuted in the MCU in a post-credits scene of “Iron Man.” This is where we first saw him in his character in the major film franchise as Nick Fury–who is set to reprise this role on the silver screen in the upcoming Marvel film “Secret Invasion.”

If you were not following along with this story, here are the comments that were originally made by Tarantino on the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast, where he originally discussed his thoughts on Marvel Cinematic Universe actors:

“You have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” Tarantino recalled to the podcast. “But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times… but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”

Tarantino has not yet responded to Jackson’s comment on “The View.” Be sure to continue following along with The Main Street Mouse for more updates on this topic.

What are your thoughts on Samuel L. Jackson’s response to Quentin Tarantino’s claims of Marvel actors? Let us know in the comments! 

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