Shang-Chi star, Simu Liu took shots back at legendary film directors, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino for their criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This outburst comes one day after Quentin Tarantino criticized Marvel films and the ‘drastic’ impact it has had on Hollywood.
Liu Didn’t Hold Back His Words on Twitter
Liu took to social media on Tuesday to defend his beloved franchise and stated that Scorsese and Tarantino “don’t get to point their noses” at him. He tweeted saying, “If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie. I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone.”
The Chinese-born Canadian actor agreed that no movie studio was perfect but he was proud to work for Marvel. Liu shed positive limelight upon the Marvel, commending the studio’s commitment and devotion to adapt a diverse route to empower various communities such as his. Over various years, we’ve seen Marvel films such as Black Panther, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings have had actors stemming from various diverse backgrounds comprising leading roles. This is the ‘sustained commitment to improve the diversity that Liu is referring to.
Liu Believes Scorsese and Tarantino’s Hollywood Had No Room For Actors Like Him
Liu proceeded to state that the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood that Scorsese and Tarantino pioneered, was “white as hell.” He believes that the opportunities that Marvel has provided to actors like him, would be absent in the aforementioned ‘Golden Age’. The Marvel star further tweeted, “If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie. I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone.”
“I loved the “Golden Age” too.. but it was white as hell.”
Tarantino Took Shots at Marvel By Saying, “Current Movie Era is The Worst Era in Hollywood History”
On the podcast ‘2 Bears, 1 Cave’, the 2-time Academy Award Winner had recently called out the ‘Marvel-isation of Hollywood’ and how it has ruined cinema. The Django Unchained director further alleged that Marvel films have diluted the real meaning of being a movie star. Tarantino stated, “You have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion time but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”
Scorsese infamously called Marvel Films ‘Theme Parks’
In an interview from 2019, the legendary film director Martin Scorsese stated that he didn’t consider Marvel films as “not cinema.” He compared them to ‘theme parks’ and later added, “That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do,” he said. “It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.”
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