Simu Liu, star of “Shang-Chi,” blasts Quentin Tarantino’s comments on Marvel by claiming that the “Golden Age of Hollywood” was “white as hell.”

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After making a guest appearance on the podcast 2 Bears, 1 Cave in which he critiqued Marvel movies, Tarantino gained widespread attention. Quentin Tarantino Said, “Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is…you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,”

Tarantino continued. “But they’re not movie stars. Right? 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…but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”

In response to Quentin Tarantino’s claims that Marvel movies have rendered movie stars obsolete, Simu Liu has spoken out. In 2021, Liu appeared in the Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film was the studio’s first with an Asian lead and grossed over $432 million at the box office during the pandemic.

Liu shared on Twitter, “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 Continued, “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.”

Liu added in second tweet, “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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