Samuel L. Jackson is facing backlash from longtime co-star Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in the MCU.
The ‘Secret Invasion’ actor recounted Rolling stone that Oscar winner Larson is an unapologetic “feminist,” which is just something Marvel fans and “incel dudes” will have to live with.
“Brie is a stronger person than people make her out to,” Jackson said of her “Marvels” co-star. “She won’t let any of those things destroy her. These incel dudes who hate strong women, or the fact that she’s a feminist who has an opinion and expressed it? Everyone wants people to be who they want them to be. She is who she is, and she really is.
Jackson reflected on how he and Larson first became friends while working on the 2017 King Kong iteration “Kong: Skull Island.”
“We had done ‘Kong’ together, which wasn’t a wonderful experience for either of us,” Jackson said. “We became great friends during that particular experience because we were going through such a difficult time.”
She continued, “Then when she was making her movie (‘Unicorn Store’) and trying to get a particular actor, I was in the makeup trailer with her and I was like, ‘Why are you trying to hire this other actor and not trying to get me to do your film?’ She said, ‘I never thought you would…so, will you?’ And I was like, ‘Let’s do this.’”
Jackson added, “Then, we bonded over the election as we were making his movie when Donald Trump won. It was broken and I was like, ‘Don’t let them break you. You must be strong now.’ Then when he got Captain Marvel, he called me and said, ‘They want me in the Marvel U. I should do it?’ And I was like, ‘Hell yeah! Let’s do it!'”
Jackson and Larson reunite in the upcoming film “The Marvels,” directed by Nia DaCosta. The film combines “Captain Marvel” and the Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel” with Larson’s Carol Danvers joining forces with Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan. Jackson reprises his basic MCU role of Nick Fury.
Jackson recently wondered why his Nick Fury hasn’t appeared in any “Black Panther” movies thus far, saying, “I’m still trying to figure out why I’ve never been to Wakanda.”
The “Jackie Brown” actor added, “It feels like I’ve been playing him forever. If I had my way, I would have been in every Marvel movie because, I mean, he’s Nick Fury, he knows everything that’s going on.