Simu Liu criticises Quentin Tarantino for ‘pointing his nose’ at Marvel stars

It comes after Tarantino suggested in a recent podcast interview that those playing Marvel superheroes were ‘not movie stars’.
Simu Liu criticises Quentin Tarantino for ‘pointing his nose’ at Marvel stars

By Mike Bedigan, PA Los Angeles Correspondent

Simu Liu has criticised Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese for “pointing their nose at me” following remarks the prestigious directors have made about Marvel films.

The Shang-Chi star said he was proud to have worked with Marvel, a movie studio that had 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 did not “hate” Marvel films but that he disliked that they were “the only things that seem to get made” in modern Hollywood.

“Part of the Marvelisation 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 a zillion times… but it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”

Scorsese has been known to have made similar remarks critical of large-scale superhero blockbusters.

Responding 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 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.”

He continued: “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.”

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