“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu can’t stop thinking about two iconic filmmakers who came after Marvel movies.
Liu, who last year became the first Asian protagonist of a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, lashed out at Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese on Tuesday, asking them not to point their noses at anyone after criticizing the superhero movies.
Tarantino, who previously said he would never be a “hired hand” and make a superhero movie, recently criticized Hollywood’s “amazement”, saying that the actors in the films were not movie stars but rather “franchise characters who become a star” during a episode of the ‘2 Bears, 1 Cave’ podcast.
Scorsese told Empire magazine in 2019 that Marvel films were “not cinema” and later explained in a New York Times op-ed that the films contained no revelations, mystery, or real emotional danger.
Liu wrote in a tweet that he would never have had the chance to be the protagonist of “Shang-Chi,” an Academy Award-nominated film that received a 91% “new” rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
“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,” Liu wrote.
“I loved the ‘Golden Age’ too, but it was white as hell.”
Liu isn’t the only Marvel star to speak out about 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 appreciated hearing the filmmaker’s “Taxi Driver” recording, but his comments were like “saying that Howard Stern is not a radio and made no sense.
Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson also weighed in on the criticism in 2019, telling Variety that it was “like saying Bugs Bunny isn’t funny.”
“Movies are movies. Everyone doesn’t like their stuff either,” Jackson said. “Everyone has an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. It won’t stop anyone from making movies.”