Samuel L. Jackson Talks About Why Superhero Movies Remain So Popular

It would be fair to say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed the way studios think about comic book movies. Prior to Iron Man in 2009, superhero movies were honestly treated as a bit of a joke.

But 10 years later and countless billions of dollars in profits and the MCU is the envy of every other studio, so what makes these movies so popular? Samuel L. Jackson knows a little about tent pole movies having starred in Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Unbreakable/Glass and of course as Nick Fury in the MCU. Jackson spoke with Digital Spy about just why these movies seem to endure with fans.

“There have always been things like that. Even when I was a kid, we had Buck Rogers and some other things that were super in another kind of way, but not just quite that. Most times, the super things tended to be monster movies, even the Japanese versions of Godzilla and Rodan, all those things, I always look at those as super movies also in another way. It was just a matter of time for the rest of the world to catch up.”

“I’ve been a comic book fan my whole life, so I knew there was an appetite for movies about the things that we read that had a space for those particular characters that we loved in those comic books to be realised in a real kind of way for us. So I’m not surprised by the success of them. I’m more surprised by the not success of some of the others.”

Perhaps Jackson is referring to the relative flops of DC’s own attempt at a cinematic universe, specifically Justice League, but who knows? Either way, I think Aquaman has proved that audiences have an appetite for more than just Marvel movies, they just have to be good, or at best not too bad.

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For me, I guess I personally feel that the MCU was the first time someone actually tried to make films that were like the comic book source. From that point of view, I loved that comics jumped back and forth between characters and they would eventually have cameos in each other’s runs and the odd big team up events etc. So I personally think the quality and the format of the MCU has shown everyone else it can be done, whilst the DCEU has shown us some of the dangers in moving too fast and too far without a clear plan.

What do you think of Jackson’s comments and why do you think comic book movies are remaining so popular among audiences?

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SOURCE: Digital Spy

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Campbell Clark

Cam is Senior Editor at LRM Online, and has a passion for all things geeky, including sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book movies.

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