Marvel Director Quit One Day After Meeting Samuel L. Jackson

According to Samuel L. Jackson, an early Secret Invasion director quit the day after meeting the actor.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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Since Marvel began leading the charge with 2008’s Iron Man, the cinematic universe has seen a handful of characters jump in between their films, the stories of others, and ensemble features. Although he’s never had his own standalone project and isn’t considered to be a superhero, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury has appeared in his fair share of projects over the last decade. But, according to the Pulp Fiction star, everyone may not be as big of a fan as, during an interview with Collider, which you can see below, one of the directors of the upcoming MCU series Secret Invasion quit the job the day after his path crossed with the icon.

As Samuel L. Jackson explains, the first day he came onto the set, he met co-director Ali Selim, who’s previously been the directorial eye behind Sweet Land and Mad Women. The next day, the Snakes on a Plane star says that he was introduced to the other director, Thomas Bezucha, but would never see him again. After arriving on set on the third day, someone informed Jackson that Bezucha had decided to step back from Marvel’s shapeshifting series. 

The interview sees Samuel L. Jackson joined by his co-star and Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman who teased Jackson, asking him, “Was it you?” Admitting that “I had no idea what I said to him,” Jackson says that he even asked his assistant if there was anything that he said or did that would make Bezucha back away from his job.

Luckily, Samuel L. Jackson says that everything turned out for the better with only Selim standing behind Secret Invasion. He says that rather than having two or more directors lending their ideas and vision to the series, having only one person calling the shots and working alongside the well-seasoned MCU vets and newcomers helped everyone have their voices heard and ideas fleshed out. This, he says, gave the show a better “consistency of idea or concept” and allowed him and the rest of the team to “shape it in that particular way.”

While so far, audiences have flocked to theaters around the globe to welcome the beginning days of Marvel’s Phase 5 through their big-screen titles Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Secret Invasion will kick off the arrival of Phase 5 TV shows. Streaming on Disney+ beginning on June 21, the series will follow the infiltration of an evil sect of shapeshifting Skrulls who are bent on destroying all that Nick Fury holds dear. Along with Samuel L. Jackson and Olivia Colman, audiences will also see performances from Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ben Mendelsohn, Don Cheadle, and Martin Freeman. 

Just the first of many exciting shows to come, Samuel L. Jackson leads the team in Secret Invasion before the arrival of other titles, including Ironheart, Daredevil: Born Again, Loki Season 2, Echo, and Agatha: Coven of Chaos. Meanwhile, there are also a ton of terrific big-screen titles on the way with Thunderbolts, The Marvels, Deadpool 3, Captain America: Brave New World, and Blade on the docket, even if some may be receiving later arrivals as the WGA strike rages on.