Quentin Tarantino has been criticized for saying that Marvel films don’t produce movie stars, they only make famous characters.
In an interview with Tom Segura for his podcast, 2 bears 1 caveTarantino discussed the “Marvelisation of Hollywood” and how that affected the industry, through Hollywood Reporter.
“My only gripe is that they’re the only things they seem to be made of,” Tarantino said. “They’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement among the fanbase or even the studio that’s making them… So it’s just the fact that they’re so fully representative of this movie era right now. There’s not much room for anything else. That’s my problem.” It’s a representation problem.”
He added that these superhero films were only making characters famous, not actors making them movie stars. He added, “Part of the Marvel-isation of Hollywood is that you have all these actors who become famous playing these characters.”
“But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Thor is the star. I’m not the first person to say that. I think this has been said a million times, but these characters become stars.”
Then Marvel criticized Tarantino’s comments Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu, who tweeted in response.
“If the only keepers of movie stardom had come from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the chance to helm a $400 million-plus movie,” Liu wrote.
“I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they can’t turn their noses on me or anyone else. No movie studio is or will ever be perfect. But I am proud to be working with one who has made a relentless effort to improve diversity on screen By creating champions who empower and inspire people of all communities, everywhere.”
Leo concluded with a jab at Hollywood’s notoriety for “Bleach” movies, “I loved it.”The golden age“Also..but it was white as hell.”
However, in the interview, the director indicated that he does not “hate” the films but that he “doesn’t like” them either. I don’t hate them. But I don’t like them. I mean, look, I was madly collecting Marvel comics as a kid.”
He continued, “There is an aspect that if these films came out when I was in my twenties, I would be completely happy and absolutely in love with them. [But] They wouldn’t be the only films being made, they would be those among others. I’m almost 60 so I’m not excited about them.”
Previously, Scorsese has also criticized the popular Marvel films, calling them “theme parks” and “not cinema,” prompting a response from Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn, among others, per THR.