Quentin Tarantino joins the list of filmmakers attacking superhero movies, especially Marvel ones. After several years of controversy about what these stories have added (or not) to the film industry, the comments for and against continue and are repeated with the arrival of new films in the genre.
However, Tarantino went further and made important statements not only about the stories, but also about the actors involved in them. During his most recent participation in the podcast 2 Bears, 1 Cave, the filmmaker spoke about the “Marvelization” of Hollywood. And his words showed that, although he is not a hater of superhero tapes, he has many opinions against the MCU.
“Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is…you have all these actors who have become famous playing those characters. But they’re not movie stars, right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to mention it. I think it’s been said a million times. But it’s like… you know, it’s the characters in the franchise that become the stars.”
Immediately, Tarantino’s statements spread through social networks and generated a very interesting debate. Though Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) They are very popular and recognized worldwide, are their participation in the MCU worthy of turning them into movie stars? Let us remember that, outside of said cinematographic universe, none of them make a real blockbuster on their own. On the other hand, real movie stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt or Sandra Bullockusually generate large figures without the need for their projects to be linked to a franchise.
Despite his strong statements, Tarantino acknowledged not being against the MCU. Although the films produced by Kevin Feige are not his favorite, he acknowledges that they have been instrumental in somehow rescuing the industry in recent years.
“I don’t love them. I don’t, but I don’t hate them either. In agreement. I don’t love them. Look, he used to collect Marvel comics like crazy when he was a kid. There’s one aspect of these movies that, if they had come out when I was in my twenties, I’d be fucking happy and absolutely love them. I mean, they wouldn’t be the only movies made. It would be those movies among others. But, you know, I’m almost 60. So I’m not that excited about them,” he finished.
Although Quentin Tarantino’s statements were not intended to offend Marvel actors, they did spark an interesting debate among industry fans. In times like the ones we currently live in, what kind of actors are really movie stars? Can Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth really hold that title without having real success outside of their stints as Captain America and Thor?
Juan Jose Cruz I am one of those who always defended Robert Pattinson as Batman and can see the same movie in the theater up to 7 times. My guilty pleasure? Low budget horror movie.