Shang-chi star Simu Liu is grateful to Marvel.
Quentin Tarantino, a writer, and director, recently discussed his views on the "Marvel-ization of Hollywood" and his issue with movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He said as part of his criticism, “Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is ... you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they're not movie stars. Captain America is the star, Thor is the star.”
One of those actors, Liu, who plays the lead in "Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings," has since retaliated, bringing up Martin Scorsese's criticism from 2019 that Marvel movies were "not cinema."
"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 tweeted Tuesday. "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."
In a follow-up tweet, he wrote, "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," he punch-lined his response, "but it was white as hell."