Forget the ten rings: Simu Liu only needed his ten fingers and a keyboard to take on Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.
The IS Shang-Chi star took to social media to address the many criticisms of the two filmmakers cutting the Marvel franchise on Tuesday. “If the only gateways to movie stardom had come from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to direct a $400 million plus movie,” Liu tweeted. “I am in awe of their filmic identity. They are transcendental auteurs. But they do not express themselves to me or to anyone.”
Instead, Liu praised Marvel for its multifaceted storytelling—something that hasn’t always been the case in the studios’ own history. “No film studio is perfect or ever will be. But I’m proud to work with one that has made continuous efforts to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes who empower and inspire people from all communities everywhere, ” he continued. “I loved the ‘Golden Age’ too… but it was white as hell.”
Liu’s denial of Tarantino and Scorsese’s remarks comes one day after Tarantino, who recently shot down the idea of ever directing a Marvel movie, revealed how the “Marvel-ization of Hollywood” has ruined the film. 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast.
“The only ax I have to grind against them is that they are the only things to do,” he said. Noting that both fans and studios seem to be only excited about those movies, “There’s not much room for anything else. That’s my problem.”
The IS Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood director also noted that the superhero movies have destroyed what it means to be a real movie star.
“You have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” he 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 stars.”
Tarantino previously shared his The Video Archive Podcast earlier this month that he believes the current movie era is “the worst era in Hollywood history.” He said, “The good thing about being in the bad era of Hollywood cinema is the ones that don’t conform, the ones that stand out from the pack.”
Mike Marsland/WireImage; Amy Sussman/Getty Images; Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Simu Liu, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese
Scorsese has been similarly embroiled in discussions surrounding Marvel movies since he called them “not cinema” back in 2019. “Honestly, it’s the closest thing I can think of, as well and they are, with actors doing the best they can. the circumstances, they’re theme parks,” he said Empire. “It’s not the cinema where people are trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another person.”
While attending the BFI London Film Festival, The Irishman director doubled down on his claim. “That’s good and well for those who enjoy that kind of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, admmire what they do,” he said. “It’s not my kind of thing, but it’s not. It’s creating a different kind of audience that thinks that’s what cinema is.”
Liu isn’t the only member of the MCU who has stood up to Scorsese’s comments over the years. Robert Downey Jr and Samuel L. Jackson also shared their views.
EW has reached out to representatives for Tarantino and Scorsese for comment, but did not immediately hear back.
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