Simu Liu responded to Quentin Tarantino’s comments about Marvel movies on Twitter, explaining Marvel’s impact on underrepresented communities.
The Kim’s Convenience actor recently shared his thoughts on the Kill Bill director’s opinion with a lengthy post on social media.
“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,” Simu Liu tweeted.
“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.”
“No movie studio will ever be perfect,” he continued.
“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,” added the Shang-Chi actor. “But it was white as hell.”
Simu Liu’s comments are in response to a recent podcast interview featuring Quentin Tarantino.
During the interview, the director criticized Hollywood’s reliance on Marvel.
According to him, Marvel movies are the only thing the fans or the studio are passionate about.
Tarantino also said that movie actors aren’t movie stars because “it’s the franchise characters who become stars.”
Despite his comments, the Kill Bill director clarified that he doesn’t hate Marvel movies, explaining that he doesn’t love them.
The podcast interview isn’t the first time Quentin Tarantino has slammed Marvel, and he wasn’t the only one.
Simu Liu also named Martin Scorsese as one of the filmmakers who had issues with Marvel movies.
Due to their comments about Marvel, both directors were criticized for their work.
Martin Scorsese has since dismissed questions about the lack of female actors in his films.
Meanwhile, Tarantino has been criticized for his movies’ lack of diversity and violence against women.
Simu Liu and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings grossed over $432 million worldwide during its box office run in 2021.
Director Daniel Cretton will develop a sequel, and Simu Liu will return as Shang-Chi.