Quentin Tarantino has made it clear that Marvel movies are not his cup of tea, but actor Simu Liu has kindly reminded the director that the movies and the studio behind them have given underrepresented communities the chance to be seen in the big screen like never before.
“If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom were Tarantino and Scorsese, I never would have had the opportunity to star in a $400 million-plus movie,” said Liu, the star of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Marvel. wrote On twitter. “I am in awe of his cinematic genius. They are transcendent authors. But they can’t point fingers at me or anyone.”
He continued: “No movie studio is or will be perfect. But I’m proud to work with one who has made sustained efforts to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes who empower and inspire people from all communities everywhere. I also loved the ‘Golden Age’… but it was white as hell.”
Liu apparently made his comments on social media in response to a podcast interview Tarantino gave in which he criticized the “Marvelization of Hollywood.”
Movies, Tarantino said on the “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast, are “the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement among fans or even for the studio that makes them.”
He also said that the actors who appear in those films “are not movie stars” because they are “franchise characters who become stars.”
Tarantino clarified before making his comments that he didn’t “hate” Marvel movies, but said he didn’t “love” them.
This is not the first time that the director of “Once upon a time… in Hollywood” has had harsh words for the giant studio’s films, and he has not been the only one.
As Liu mentioned, Martin Scorsese is among the other legendary filmmakers who have publicly taken issue with the box office dominance of Marvel movies.
Both filmmakers, meanwhile, have found themselves on the receiving end of their own criticism: Scorsese for dismissing questions about the lack of actresses in his films, and Tarantino for his lack of diversity in the cast of “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”. ”And violence against women often appears in his films.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” grossed more than $432 million worldwide during the course of its box office run. Last year, Destin director Daniel Cretton was set to develop a sequel.