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Internet reacts to Shang-Chi star Simu Liu finding fault in Martin Scorsese & Quentin Tarantino’s Marvel Studios film criticism

Internet reacts to Shang-Chi star Simu Liu finding fault in Martin Scorsese & Quentin Tarantino’s Marvel Studios film criticism

Shang-Chi star Simu Liu has hit back against Martin Scorsese & Quentin Tarantino’s comments regarding Marvel films. The MCU actor criticized the auteur filmmakers by claiming their works or in general, the golden age films were “white as hell” but praised the Marvel Cinematic Universe projects for playing a role in improving diversity on screen. However, the internet is divided over his opinion by pointing at Disney’s errors over the years. 

Liu is attracting a large wave of pushback from cinephiles on Twitter since Tuesday after sharing his perspective on Scorsese & Tarantino’s criticism of Marvel projects, calling them “gatekeepers”. The Shang-Chi and legend of the Ten Rings star became one of the few Asian actors in Hollywood to lead a $400 million plus movie, a counterpoint he mentions in his opinion in regards to the two legendary’s directors condemning the superhero genre. 

This comes after the Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood director recently said, “Look, I used to collect Marvel comics like crazy when I was a kid,” Tarantino said. “There’s an aspect that if these movies were coming out when I was in my twenties, I would totally be fucking happy and totally love them. I mean, they wouldn’t be the only movies being made. They would be those movies amongst other movies. But, you know, I’m almost 60, so yeah. No, I’m not quite as excited about them.”

Simu Liu also appreciates Scorsese & Tarantino and acknowledged no studio is perfect

While he also acknowledges them, Simu Liu doubles down stating, “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 addition, he also in some measure admits Marvel has not had a clean slate saying, “No movie studio is or ever will be perfect.”

The internet was quick to react to Simu Liu’s response and some have taken offense to his perspective that Scorsese & Tarantino’s movies haven’t aided in diversity. Some also shared images of Parasite director Bong Joon-ho praising Scorsese as an inspiration. Readers can check out the reactions below.

It should be noted Marvel Studios have also faced backlash for stumbling to include LGBTQ representation. In fact, the latest Black Panther 2 was called out by MCU fans for queer baiting as was Thor: Love and Thunder and many other past titles. Though features like Doctor Strange 2 and Eternals faced hurdles for featuring gay empowering elements. 

What do you think of Simu Liu’s reaction to Scorsese & Tarantino’s comments on Marvel movies? Let us know in the comments below or hit up our writer @RAKarthikPrasad on Twitter to discuss this ongoing dissent and all things concerning movies. 

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