Although he only has two more movies on his contract, Samuel L. Jackson remains the cornerstone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is set to reprise his role as Nick Fury in Avengers: Age of Ultron in April. And just like the Marvel characters looking to pick sides in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Jackson has chosen which side he thinks is doing better in the comic book movie world.
“I think Marvel has figured out a way to make those movies accessible to the public… DC hasn’t”, Jackson told MTV.
“The Marvel universe is huge,” he adds. “There’s thousands of characters that they can access and do stuff with… it’s been that way since we started reading comic books. Most of us that understand the comic book world know that you can cross-breed and do all kinds of stuff. They actually did a great job bringing a guy like [Robert] Redford in, which turned up the legitimacy factor in a very interesting way, and made [Captain America: The Winter Soldier] a serious movie along with the popcorn and bubblegum stuff we do.”
So what, in Jackson’s mind, is DC not doing? “I don’t know what it is. I don’t know why you can’t get Batman and Superman together and have people as juiced up to be a part of that”.
Jackson will appear as Nick Fury in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron which is set for release in the UK on April 23rd and North America on May 1st, with a cast that also includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Paul Bettany (JARVIS / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), James Spader (Ultron), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho) and Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw).