Anyone who's seen Samuel L. Jackson get angry in a movie (read: every movie he's in) knows his bark is as bad as his bite, but now the man who kills it as Nick Fury wants to strike out at one particular newspaper writer with great vengeance and furious anger.
Sam "The Man" Jackson was so incensed earlier today by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott's review of Marvel's "The Avengers" that he appealed to the geek community via his Twitter page to take the man down, writing, "#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let's help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!"
While we're as ardent as just about everyone who's seen the film that it's a comic book fan's wet dream, Scott's SPOILER-LOADED review is not altogether as negative as Jackson makes it out to be. Yes, he characterizes "The Avengers" as a cynical, empty exercise in authoritarian corporate entertainment, yet he also says it's "not without its pleasures" and compares the copious banter of the film's mid-section aboard S.H.I.E.L.D.'s helicarrier to classic Howard Hawks western "Rio Bravo."
Perhaps Jackson took it personally when Scott questioned Fury's ability to keep his heroes on a tight leash, saying Jackson "is more master of ceremonies than mission commander." Ouch! Okay, that hurts, but is that any reason for Jackson and other fanboys to call for well-regarded Scott's head?
All this fan fervor should come as no surprise, since the work of director Joss Whedon tends to bring out the staunchest loyalty in his minions, as seen when countless "Firefly" fans were seen buying up stacks of tickets to 2005's "Serenity" and then giving them away to strangers. Now that's how you spread the geek gospel … or wind up homeless.