Golden Age Was ‘White as Hell’

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Simu Liu has had it with authors debating the merits of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On the same day that comments by Quentin Tarantino decrying Hollywood’s “Marvel-ization” went viral, Simu followed Liu on Twitter to crack down on filmmakers like the “Pulp Fiction” director and Martin Scorsese for their removals from the MCU.

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“If Tarantino and Scorsese had been the only gatekeepers to movie stardom, I would never have had the chance to direct a $400 million-plus movie,” wrote Liu, whose 2021 “Shang-Chi” broke new ground as the first Marvel film with an Asian led and grossed more than $432 million at the pandemic box office. “I am amazed at their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent authors. But they can’t point their nose at me or anyone else.”

Liu responds to Tarantino’s claim that Marvel actors aren’t real movie stars in a recent episode of the “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast. Tarantino’s point was that Marvel Studios is driven more by IP than real star power, saying, “Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they are not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star… It’s these franchise characters that become stars.”

Liu continued on Twitter: “No movie studio is or ever will be perfect. But I am proud to be working with someone who has made a continuous effort to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes who empower and inspire people from all communities around the world.”

Finally, the rising ‘Barbie’ star who was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World this year said, “I loved the ‘Golden Age’ too…but it was white as hell.” He seemingly digs into the reverence of filmmakers like Tarantino and Scorsese for the Hollywood of yesteryear. (Recall three years ago Scorsese compared Marvel movies to theme parks and said they aren’t actually movie theaters.)

According to the podcast with Tarantino, the “Django Unchained” filmmaker sees Marvel actors more as ambassadors for IP than stars in the classic sense. Tarantino also objects to the fact that superhero movies seem to be all Hollywood is interested in right now.

“My only ax to grind against them is that they’re the only things that seem to be made,” Tarantino said. “And they’re the only things that seem to generate any sort of excitement among a fan base or even the studio that makes them. That’s what they’re excited about. And you know, it’s just the fact that they’re the full representation of this movie era right now.

Liu had small roles on TV before ‘Shang-Chi’ made him a global star. This year he appeared in two episodes of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” and lent his voice to ‘The Simpsons’.

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