Simu Liu criticizes Quentin Tarantino for “pointing his nose” at Marvel stars

Simu Liu has criticized Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese for “pointing their noses at me” after comments made by the prestigious directors about Marvel movies.

The Shang-Chi star said he was proud to be partnering with Marvel, a movie studio that has “made sustained efforts to improve diversity on screen” through its blockbusters.

It comes after Tarantino suggested in a recent podcast interview that those playing Marvel superheroes were “not movie stars.”

In an episode of 2 Bears 1 cave, the Kill Bill director clarified that he didn’t “hate” Marvel movies, but that he didn’t like that they were “the only things that seem to get made” in modern Hollywood.

“Part of the glorification of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they’re not movie stars,” he said.

“Captain America is the star, or Thor is the star. I think that’s been said countless times…but it’s these franchise characters who become stars.”

Scorsese has been known to make similar comments about large-scale superhero blockbusters.

In response to Tarantino’s comments on Twitter, Liu said, “If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the chance to helm a $400 million+ movie.

“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.

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“But I am 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 loved the ‘Golden Age’ too…but it was white as hell.”

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