Simu Liu, an actress who has graciously reminded the filmmaker that the films and the studio behind them have given underrepresented communities a chance to be visible on the big screen unlike ever before, even though Quentin Tarantino has made it obvious that Marvel movies are not his cup of tea.
Liu, the hero of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” remarked on Twitter, “If the only gatekeepers to cinematic success came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie.” “Their filmmaking genius had me in awe. They are auteurs of transcendence. However, they are not permitted to make fun of me or anyone else.
No movie studio is or will ever be perfect, he continued. But I’m glad to work with one that has consistently worked to increase diversity in the entertainment industry by producing heroes who inspire and empower members of all communities across the globe. I adored the “Golden Age,” although it was incredibly white.
Liu’s remarks on social media appear to be in response to Tarantino’s criticism of the “Marvel-ization of Hollywood” in a podcast interview.
On the “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast, Quentin Tarantino said that the films are “the only things that appear to spark any kind of excitement among an audience or even for the company releasing them.” He added that when “franchise characters become a star,” the actors who feature in those movies “are not cinema stars.” Before making his remarks, Tarantino made it clear that he didn’t “hate” Marvel movies, only that he didn’t “love” them.
The filmmaker of “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” has been critical of the films produced by the massive studio before, and he hasn’t been the only one. Martin Scorsese is one of the other renowned directors who have publicly criticized the box office domination of Marvel movies, as Liu said.
Both directors, however, have come under fire for their work, with Tarantino being criticized for the lack of diversity in the cast of “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood,” while Scorsese was criticized for the repeated depictions of violence against women in his movies.
Over the duration of its theatrical release, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” earned more than $432 million globally. The sequel was already planned by director Destin Daniel Cretton last year.