‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ star Simu Liu doesn’t hold back on his thoughts on two iconic filmmakers who came after the Marvel movies.
Liu, who became the first Asian lead actor in a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year, slammed Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese on Tuesday and asked them not to point their noses at anyone over their criticism of the films. of superheroes.
Tarantino, who previously said he would never be ‘committed’ to making a superhero movie, recently criticized Hollywood’s ‘Marvel-ization’ and said the actors in the films weren’t stars of cinema but rather of “franchise characters who become a star” during an episode of the podcast “2 Bears, 1 Cave”.
Scorsese told Empire magazine in 2019 that the Marvel films were “not cinema” and later, in a New York Times op-ed, explained that the films lacked revelation, mystery, or genuine emotional danger.
Liu wrote in a tweet that he would never have had the opportunity to star in ‘Shang-Chi,’ an Oscar-nominated film that earned a new 91% rating from critics on Rotten. Tomatoes.
“No film studio is or will ever be perfect. But I’m proud to work with one that has made strenuous efforts to improve on-screen diversity by creating heroes who empower and inspire people from all communities. everywhere,” Liu wrote.
“I also loved ‘the golden age’…but it was white as hell.”
Liu isn’t the only Marvel star to have weighed in on Scorsese’s criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Robert Downey Jr., known for his role as Iron Man, told Howard Stern in 2019 that he enjoyed hearing the filmmaker’s take on “Taxi Driver,” but his comments amounted to “saying that Howard Stern is not radio” and they made no sense.
Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson also weighed in on the critics in 2019 and told Variety it was “like saying Bugs Bunny isn’t funny.”
“Movies are movies. Not everyone likes his stuff either,” Jackson said. “Everyone has an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. It won’t stop anyone from making films.