Simu Liu pushes back on Quentin Tarantino’s anti-Marvel comments


Quentin Tarantino has made it clear that Marvel movies aren’t his cup of tea, but actor Simu Liu has kindly reminded the director that the films and the studio behind them have given underrepresented communities a chance to be seen on the big screen, unlike ever before.

“If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to direct a movie over $400 million,” Liu, star of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” wrote on Twitter. “I am in awe of their cinematic genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they are not going to turn their noses at me or anyone.”

He continued: “No film studio is or will ever be perfect. But I’m proud to work with someone who has made an ongoing effort to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes who empower and inspire people in all communities everywhere . I loved ‘Golden Age’ too.. 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.”

The movies, Tarantino said on the “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast, are “the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement among a fan base or even for the studio that makes them.”

He also said that the actors who appear in these films are “not movie stars” because their “franchise characters become a star.”

Tarantino clarified before making his comments that he didn’t “hate” Marvel movies, but said he didn’t “love them.”

It is not the first time that the “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” director has had harsh words for the giant studio’s film – and he has not been alone.

As Liu mentioned, Martin Scorsese is among the other legendary filmmakers who have publicly taken issue with Marvel movies’ box office dominance.

Both filmmakers, meanwhile, have found themselves on the receiving end of their own criticism — Scorsese for deflecting questions about the lack of female actors in his films and Tarantino for his lack of diversity in the cast of “Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood” ” and the violence against women that often features in his films.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” earned more than $432 million worldwide during its box office run. As of last year, director Destin Daniel Cretton was to develop a sequel.


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