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Simu Liu Fires Back After Quentin Tarantino Writes Off Marvel Actors as ‘Not Movie Stars’

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People in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are responding after Quentin Tarantino took a jab at Marvel movie stars. Recently, Tarantino appeared on Tom Segura’s podcast with the conversation turning to superhero movies, given how popular they are in Hollywood these days. The Reservoir Dogs helmer said that there’s been a “Marvel-ization” of Hollywood, though he also remarked that despite the financial success of these films, the actors who star in them aren’t genuine “movie stars.”


“You have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters, but they’re not movie stars,” Tarantino said, arguing that the fictional superheros are the real stars of these movies. “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 times, you know, but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”

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Simu Liu, the star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has since offered his response with a post on Twitter. Liu mentions Tarantino by name along with Martin Scorsese, another legendary director who created controversy by declaring that Marvel movies are “not cinema,” with his reaction. The actor praises the work of the veteran filmmakers but takes exception with how they “point their nose” at him and his colleagues in the MCU.

“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,” Liu says in the post. “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.”

He added, “No movie studio is or ever will be perfect. But I’m proud to work with one that has made sustained efforts to improve diversity onscreen by creating heroes that empower and inspire people of all communities everywhere. I loved the ‘Golden Age’ too.. but it was white as hell.”

Related: Quentin Tarantino Calls the Modern Era of Movies the Worst Era in Hollywood History


Quentin Tarantino Would Only Be Up for Directing One Marvel Title

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While many feel that Tarantino crossed a line by downplaying the stardom of Marvel movie actors, it’s been clear that he’s not a big fan of modern superhero films. He recently told the L.A. Times that he had no interest in directing a Marvel or DC film because you “have to be a hired hand” for those projects. However, he has since clarified that he would make an exception if he had the chance to bring Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos into the MCU. Odds are that’s not going to be happening anytime soon, and that will likely not be Tarantino’s tenth and final movie.

In any case, don’t expect to see Tarantino in the crowd for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever or any other superhero movies in the near future, no matter how well they might be doing with critics and at the box office.

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