Quentin Tarantino Doubles Down On MCU Criticism; Says Marvel Actors "Are Not Movie Stars"

Quentin Tarantino has once again blasted what he describes as the "Marvel-ization of Hollywood," explaining why he doesn't consider Marvel actors to be movie stars: "Captain America is the star."

Iconic filmmaker Quentin Tarantino hasn't exactly endeared himself to comic book movie fans of late, and the Pulp Fiction director has now doubled-down on criticism for what he describes as the "Marvel-ization of Hollywood."

During an appearance on the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast, Tarantino was asked about his recent assertion that he has no interest in being a "hired hand" for Marvel Studios.

“Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is…you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” he responded. “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 say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times…but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.”

There is certainly an element of truth to this (the character does tend to become bigger than the actor), but would anyone really argue that Scarlett Johansson, for example, shouldn't be considered a movie star because she played Black Widow?

Tarantino would go on to clarify that he "doesn't hate" Marvel movies, but he is resentful because they seem to be the only type of big-budget projects studios have any real interest in developing these days.

“Look, I used to collect Marvel comics like crazy when I was a kid,” he added. “There’s an aspect that if these movies were coming out when I was in my twenties, I would totally be [frick]ing 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.”

“My only axe to grind against them is they’re the only things that seem to be made. And they’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement amongst a fan base or even for the studio making them. That’s what they’re excited about. And so it’s just the fact that they are the entire representation of this era of movies right now. There’s not really much room for anything else. That’s my problem.”

Many other directors - including the likes of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola - have raised similar issues, but is it really a fair assessment of the current state of Hollywood when so many other types of films are being made alongside superhero movies?

At any rate, we probably shouldn't expect Tarantino to take a meeting with Kevin Feige anytime soon... unless he gives him the opportunity to helm that Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos movie!

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