As it turns out, Thanos isn’t the greatest Marvel villain—it’s perhaps two of the greatest living filmmakers. Simu Liu who entered Marvel Cinematic Universe with the 2021s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsnow calls both Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino for their comments about the franchise.
What Simu Liu seems to neglect is that both Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have done more than almost any other mainstream director to promote the works and styles of minority films and filmmakers. Take a look at the tweet below regarding the embarrassing handling of Scorsese’s Customer– about the Dalai Lama – from Disney’s side:
Scorsese also founded the World Cinema Foundation, which aims to “restoring, preserving and presenting films” from countries often neglected in mainstream cinema. The excerpt below is a bit dated—the foundation has recovered more than triple the amount Scorsese claims—but gives a good idea of their mission:
Quentin Tarantino, meanwhile, has been an active advocate of Asian cinema for decades. Kill Bill alone gave viewers a massive checklist of titles to watch that would both emphasize the many tributes and give them a well-rounded feel for Asian and genre films. (This author saw first Lady Snowblood, Master of the Flying Guillotine and Lone wolf and cubs series because by Tarantino.) Tarantino also launched the short-lived Rolling Thunder Pictures in the 1990s, which helped bring Asian films such as Chungking Express and Sonatina a wider audience. Especially his highest grossing film of all time, Django Unchainedhad a black male lead with Jamie Foxx.
Simu Liu also seemed to shout out Quentin Tarantino’s recent statement that the current era of film is one of the worsttweeting, “No film studio is or will ever be perfect. But I’m proud to work with someone who has made a sustained effort to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes who empower and inspire people in all communities everywhere. I loved also “Golden Age”… but it was white as hell.”
Simu Liu’s comments will certainly be the subject of conversation and discussion between the schools of thought. So what do you think? Does Simu Liu have a point or is he tone deaf to the contributions of both Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino?