Quentin Tarantino has made it clear that Marvel movies aren’t his thing, but actor Simu Liu 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 like never before.
“If Tarantino and Scorsese were the only gatekeepers to movie stardom, I would never have had the opportunity to direct a $400 million+ movie,” says Liu, the star of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. wrote on twitter. “I’m in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent authors. But they can’t point their noses at me or anyone.”
He continued, “No film studio is or ever will be perfect. But I’m proud to work with a company that has made a sustained effort to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes who empower and inspire people of all communities, everywhere. I loved the ‘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 films, Tarantino said on the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast, are “the only things that seem to generate any sort of excitement from a fanbase or even the studio that’s making them.”
He also said that the actors appearing in these films “are not movie stars” because their “franchise characters become stars.”
Tarantino clarified ahead of his comments that he didn’t “hate” Marvel films, but said 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 films – and he wasn’t alone.
As Liu mentioned, Martin Scorsese is among the other legendary filmmakers who have publicly taken issue with the box office dominance of Marvel films.
Both filmmakers have since found themselves on the other side of criticism — Scorsese for dismissing questions about the lack of female actors in his films, and Tarantino for not seeing diversity in the cast of Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood exhibits” and the violence against women that often appears in his films.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” grossed more than $432 million worldwide during its theatrical run. As of last year, director Destin Daniel Cretton has been in the process of developing a sequel.