Quentin Tarantino has made it clear that Marvel movies aren’t his cup of tea, but actor Simu Liu kindly reminded the director that the movies and the studio behind them have given underrepresented communities a chance to be seen on the big screen like never before.
“If Tarantino and Scorsese had been the only gatekeepers to movie stardom, I would never have had the chance to helm a $400 million-plus movie,” said Liu, the star of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, wrote on Twitter. “I am amazed at their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent authors. But they can’t point their nose at me or anyone else.”
He continued: “No movie studio is or ever will be perfect. But I’m proud to be working with someone who has made a continuous effort to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes who empower and inspire people from all communities around the world. I also loved the ‘Golden Age’, but it was white as hell.”
Liu seemingly made his comments on social media in response to a podcast interview Tarantino gave criticizing the “wonder of Hollywood.”
The movies, Tarantino said on the “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast, are “the only things that seem to create any sort of excitement among a fan base or even the studio that makes them.”
He also said that the actors appearing 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 the “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” director has had harsh words for the behemoth studio’s films — and he hasn’t been alone.
As Liu referred to, Martin Scorsese is one of the other legendary filmmakers to have publicly issue taken with the box office dominance of Marvel movies.
Both filmmakers, meanwhile, have faced criticism of their own — Scorsese for dismissing 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 is common in his films.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” made more than $432 million worldwide during its box office run. As of last year, director Destin Daniel Cretton was said to be developing a sequel.