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 provided communities little represented the opportunity to be seen on the big screen like never before.
“If the only guardians of movie stardom were Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million-plus movie,” said Liu, the star of “Shang- Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” by Marvel. he wrote on Twitter. “I am in awe of their cinematic genius. They are transcendent authors. But they don’t turn their noses at me or anyone else.”
He continued: “No film studio is and will ever be perfect. But I’m proud to work with someone 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 “awesomeness 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 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 who become a star”.
Tarantino clarified before making his comments that he didn’t “hate” Marvel movies, but he did say he didn’t “love” them.
This isn’t the first time the “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” director has had harsh words for the giant studio’s movies, and he hasn’t been alone.
As Liu referenced, Martin Scorsese is among the other legendary filmmakers who have publicly taken issue with the box office dominance of Marvel films.
Both filmmakers, meanwhile, have faced 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 appears in his films.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” earned more than $432 million worldwide during its box office run. Last year, director Destin Daniel Cretton was to develop a sequel.