Quentin Tarantino is a legend. It's time he stopped being a snobbish boomer with Marvel.

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulNov 23, 2022 | 17:42

Quentin Tarantino is a legend. It's time he stopped being a snobbish boomer with Marvel.

The Academy Award-winning director had a bone to pick with Marvel Studios, blaming the cinematic universe for the “Marvel-isation of Hollywood”. His comments have since sparked an intense debate over the ongoing critique of the Disney-owned enterprise.

It all started when actress Jennifer Aniston lamented Hollywood’s failing glamour in an interview with Variety, saying “there are no more movie stars” in the film industry.

The Django Unchained director seemed to agree with Aniston’s statements as he broke news in his latest interview with Variety

“Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is…you have all these actors who have become famous playing these 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 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.”
- Quentin Tarantino in an interview with Variety

Though Tarantino clarified that he does not inherently detest Marvel films, he does resent the fact that they’re the only form of cinema anybody ever talks about or that generates any excitement today.

The Inglorious Basterds director joins a list of old, white filmmakers who have consistently voiced their distaste towards Marvel-produced cinema…

Tarantino seems to have sparked a contentious debate across the Internet (yet again). Marvel actor Simu Liu slammed his remarks in a series of tweets defending Marvel movies:

As expected, droves of Tarantino and Scorsese diehards flocked in the defence of the two auteurs, most claiming that the two have done more for inclusivity and representation in Hollywood than anyone else ever.

The debates were eventually reduced to a childish competition between Tarantino and Scorsese's filmography, contrasted with the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Although some semblance of reason still persisted in a few arguments...

The fact remains that the 21st century is witnessing a dynamic shift in cinema and its viewers. While auters of yore, the likes of which include Tarantino and Scorsese raise (mostly) valid criticism over the commercialisation of cinema under megacorporate entities such as Disney, they also need to understand that their own standards of cinema won't always resonate with newer, younger generations of audience (The Irishman being the case in point). A shift in perspective and styles of storytelling should be thrown open to critique, however, shouldn't be inherently labelled "bad" just because they're no longer a part of it. Especially considering how the pinnacle of white boomer Hollywood, AKA, the Academy have begun including films of more mainstream appeal into their infamously exclusionary Oscar lineup (à la Black Panther)

That being said, following the release of the latest Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel fans and moviegoers in general are most definitely feeling the oversaturation of the franchise, especially after the bombardment of spectacles that Phase 4 had to offer. It's only a matter of time before inertia sets in hard and the Marvel burnout is more pronounced around the world. Perhaps Tarantino's words would then find greater apppeal. Society, after all, moves in circles.

Last updated: November 23, 2022 | 17:42
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