Quentin Tarantino has joined fellow filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and James Cameron in expressing varying degrees of disillusionment and disdain for the superhero genre. "Part of the marvelisation of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they're not movie stars. Right?" he recently said on the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast before questioning the star power of Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth: "Is Captain America the star? Or is Thor the star? I mean, I'm not the first person to say that. I think it's been said a million times… but it's like, you know, it's these franchise characters that become a star."
But regular Tarantino collaborator and Marvel mainstay Samuel L. Jackson contradicted that argument: "It takes an actor to play these particular characters," he said on Tuesday's episode of The View. The actor added: "So it's not a big controversy to me that apparently these actors are movie stars. You know, Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther. You can't disprove that. And he's a movie star."
Marvel's over-representation according to Tarantino
Tarantino maintained in his interview that his "only problem" with the Marvel films is that they are "the only things that seem to be made," adding, "They're the entire representation of this era of movies right now. There's not really room for anything else. That's my problem. It's a problem of representation."
The author's remarks also drew a reaction from Shang-Chi star Simu Liu, who noted on Twitter that the "golden age" of Hollywood that Tarantino might be talking about "was arch-white". He added: "If the only guarantors of movie stardom were Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to be in a $400m+ movie. I am in awe of their cinematic genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they have no right to look down on me or anyone else".
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