Quentin Tarantino says Marvel actors are ‘not movie stars’

Director Quentin Tarantino attends the photocall during the 16th Rome Film Fest 2021 on October 19, 2021 in Rome, Italy.

Jennifer Aniston made headlines in her earlier this month Curls Cover issue when she declared, “There are no more movie stars.” It’s a statement director Quentin Tarantino agrees, echoing the sentiment in a recent interview on Monday (Nov. 21). Tarantino attributed the loss of movie stars to the “marvelization of Hollywood.”

“Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is … there are all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” he said pulp fiction director said. “But they’re 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 that’s been said a million times… but the thing is, you know, it’s those franchise characters that become stars. I’m not even laying it down openly, to tell the truth, but that’s one of the — the legacy of the Marvelization of Hollywood movies.” Tarantino clarified in the interview that he doesn’t “hate” Marvel movies, but does doesn’t like them because they’re the only product Hollywood seems to be interested in these days.

“Look, I collected Marvel comics like crazy as a kid,” said Tarantino, 59. “If these movies came out when I was in my 20s, I would be totally happy and totally loving them. I mean they wouldn’t be the only films being made. They would be these films alongside other films. But you know, I’m almost 60, so, no, I’m not quite that into them.”

“My only ax to grind against them is that they’re the only things that seem to be made,” he added. “And they’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement from a fanbase or even the studio that makes them. They look forward to that. And so it’s just the fact that they are the entire representation of that era of film right now. There’s not really much room for anything else. That’s my problem.” Earlier this month he told that Los Angeles Times that he will never direct a Marvel film because “you have to be an employee to do these things. I am not an employee. I’m not looking for a job.”

Anthony Mackie, who plays The Falcon aka Captain America’s replacement in the MCU said he’s not a movie star. “The Falcon is a movie star. And that’s the strange thing. It used to be Tom Cruise and Will Smith and [Sylvester] Stallon and [Arnold] Schwarzenegger. If you’ve been to the movies, you’ve seen Stallone Movie. You wanted to see Schwarzenegger Movie. Well, check it out X-Men. So the development of the superhero has meant the death of the movie star and that is the fear now. Because now you’re making films for 16-year-olds and China – and that’s it. You think some of your favorite movies won’t be made today when you grow up.”

In 2019, director Martin Scorses told the New York Times that “the sameness of today’s franchise imagery is something else again. Many of the elements that make up cinema as I know it are present in Marvel imagery. What there isn’t is revelation, mystery, or real emotional danger. Nothing is at risk. The images are made for a specific need and are designed as variations on a limited number of themes. They’re sequels in name, but in spirit they’re remakes, and everything in them is officially sanctioned because it really can’t be otherwise. That is the nature of modern film franchises: market researched, audience tested, scrutinized, modified, revised and re-modified until ready for consumption.”

That Goodfellas The director added in the comment, “So you might ask, what’s my problem? Why not just drop superhero films and other franchise films? The reason is simple. In many places in this country and around the world, franchise films are now your number one choice when it comes to seeing something on the big screen. It’s a dangerous time for film exhibitions and there are fewer independent cinemas than ever before. The equation has flipped and streaming has become the primary delivery system. Still, I don’t know of a single filmmaker who doesn’t want to design films for the big screen to be projected in front of audiences in cinemas.”

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