Quentin Tarantino says Marvel actors aren’t stars

Soooo… don’t expect Quentin Tarantino to direct one Marvel movie anytime soon.

Not that you would have. Tarantino has, with very few exceptions, only made original films. (Jackie Brown was based on an Elmore Leonard novel; it’s his only adaptation to date.) But if you’re curious about Tarantino’s feelings about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can find them in the new episode of 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast with Tom Segura.

Tarantino openly admitted that he collected comic books as a child and that he doesn’t “hate” Marvel’s movies. (via mediate) But he also said that he finds it frustrating that “those are the only things that seem to get done. And they’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement among a fan base or even like the studio that makes them. That’s what they’re excited about.”

He also gave a rather harsh assessment of Marvel’s stars, claiming that they are not movie stars at all. As he put it…

Part of the Marvel formation of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they are not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first to say that. I think it’s been said a zillion times, you know, but you know, but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.

Whether or not Marvel stars are true stars is a subjective matter, and some of these actors are certainly more famous than others. (I doubt Tarantino would argue, for example, that Robert Downey Jr. isn’t a movie star.)

At least one Marvel hero has already weighed in on Tarantino’s comments; Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu wrote on Twitter that “if the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to direct a $400 million plus movie.”

Tarantino’s new book, Cinema speculation, is on sale now. You can watch Tarantinp’s performance on 2 Bears, 1 Cave below.

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