Director Quentin Tarantino has criticized Marvel movies, saying the studio doesn’t produce movie stars and that Marvel movies are “the only things that seem to get made”, leading to backlash from Marvel star Simu Liu.
Speaking on the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast, Tarantino said that the decline of movie stars was due to the “Marvelisation of Hollywood”.
“You have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” Tarantino said. But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first to say that. I think that’s been said countless times… but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters who become stars.
Tarantino said that while he doesn’t “hate” Marvel movies, he hates their current ubiquity.
“Look, as a kid I collected Marvel comics like crazy,” he said. “There’s an aspect that if these movies come out when I’m in my twenties, I’d be totally damn happy and totally love them. I mean, they wouldn’t be the only movies that get made. They would include those movies movies are But, you know, I’m almost 60, so yeah, no, I’m not that excited about them.
“My only ax to grind against them is that they are the only things that seem to be made,” he added. “And those are the only things that seem to generate any sort of excitement among a fan base or even the studio that makes them. That’s what they’re excited about. And so it’s just the fact that they’re the full representation of this movie era right now. There isn’t really much room for anything else. That’s my problem.”
Fellow director Martin Scorsese has also been a vocal critic of Marvel, calling them “theme parks” and “no cinema,” prompting backlash from many actors and directors who work for the studio, including Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. who dismissed Scorsese’s comments, saying: “I don’t think that’s true. I am sorry.”
On Wednesday, Deadpool creator Robert Liefeld called Tarantino’s comments “the most exciting of recordings,” while Liu, the star of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, dismissed Tarantino’s assessment and praised Marvel’s efforts to promote on-screen diversity. to improve.
“If Tarantino and Scorsese had been the only gatekeepers to movie stardom, I would never have had the chance to helm a $400 million+ movie. I am amazed at their movie genius. They are transcendent authors. But they can’t point their nose at me or anyone else. he tweeted.
“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.”
Earlier this month, Tarantino said he would never direct a Marvel movie because “you have to be a mercenary to do those things. I’m not a mercenary. I’m not looking for a job.”