The Marvel/DC rivalry is one of fandom's oldest, but the battlefield has left the comic book stores for the more lucrative movie theaters. Now that the DCEU has started to churn out films at the same rate as the MCU, that rivalry has intensified somewhat with fans comparing 13 films to three. Now Samuel L. Jackson (who plays THE spy, Nick Fury) has weighed in on the rivalry, and while he thinks there's enough space for the two universes to exist together, it's pretty clear to him that one is better than the other. This is what he said:
I think there's room for everyone to exist out here. The fact that it's not working or doesn't work, or people want a specific thing, that's what makes the movies the movies and audiences audiences. Hopefully (DC) will make one of those movies one of these days and it'll be as big as a Marvel movie.
Samuel L. Jackson was doing press for his role in Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children when Collider asked him what he thought about the Marvel and DC rivalry currently waging war on the internet. Seeing as how Jackson has held the prominent role of Nick Fury ever since Phase One began, he must have some sort of perspective on the feud. Appearing in around 50 films a year, Jackson knows that audiences will always find something to demand from a movie - that's just the way it is. However, he doesn't feel that DC Films has produced anything as successful as Marvel, both at the box office and with critics.
While the DCEU hasn't quite set the world on fire in the way Warner Bros wanted it to by this point (unless you count lighting the internet up), it has found degrees of success in vital areas. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may have crawled to its final gross of $330 million, but it has a very loyal fan base; Suicide Squad was undoubtedly the biggest hit of August. Comparing the DCEU to what Marvel has become- a massive filmmaking juggernaut that's loved both by critics and fans - is a bit unfair seeing as how Marvel Studios itself wasn't exactly breaking down the door just three films in.
As Samuel L. Jackson points out, there's room for everyone, and he later expresses that he hopes Wonder Woman will be good. "Hope" is becoming something of a keyword at DC Films, both for a better reception of their films and the more positive thematic outlook that helped the DC comics standout for years. We've still got a while before we can better compare the MCU and DCEU on the same ground, so keep it here at CinemaBlend for all Marvel and DC movie news.