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Quentin Tarantino Says the MCU Killed the "Movie Star"  — And People Don't Disagree

The director had some strong thoughts about how Marvel has changed the game.

Undeniably, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has really changed the film industry. One, these movies are super profitable. And two, getting cast in the MCU is now seen as a plumb gig for actors. No one knows how much the landscape has changed as much as director Quentin Tarantino, who had a lot to say about the topic in a recent appearance on the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast. 

Speaking with host Tom Segura, Tarantino bemoaned the "Marvel-ization of Hollywood movies." 

"I don’t love them. No, I don’t — I don’t hate them," Mediaite reports Tarantino said of the superhero movies. "But I don’t love them. Right. I mean, look, I used to collect Marvel comics like crazy when I was a kid," he admitted.

“There’s an aspect that if these movies were coming out when I was in my twenties, I would totally be f—king happy and totally love them," he continued. "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,” he added. 

Segura added that to him, Marvel movies "never [take you] somewhere you don’t expect."

"What I’ve seen in a lot of these films is that it is just a carbon copy, essentially of the previous release," he explained.

"My only ax to grind against them is they’re the only things that seem to be made," Tarantino agreed. "And they’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement amongst a fan base or even like for the studio making them. That’s what they’re excited about. And, you know, 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," he admitted. 

But the real issue is that Marvel has completely changed fame and stardom — not for the better in his estimation. "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, you know, but, you know, but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star," he said.

In this case, Tarantino might've had some really good points because people on Twitter seemed to agree. "He's 100% right, not to say the Marvel actors/actresses are bad, but when I went to see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it wasn't for Tenoch Huerta, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman or anyone else — it was to see Black Panther and the MCU story evolve," wrote one person. "Comic books fans need to wake up cause it’s true. It’s so true. Every actor/actress had to fit the cookie cutter. Even Robert Downey Jr., he fit the persona of Ironman," another commenter pointed out. "And he’s absolutely right. What movie has Chris Evans and Hemsworth opened to a box office success outside the MCU? The stars are the roles they are playing," a third person added. 

Although some people thought he was way off-base. "Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are the stars that brought these characters to life. Would you say Green Lantern was a star? Ryan Reynolds is the star that brings Deadpool to life. The way he is discrediting these actors that have done amazing jobs on these characters," one person pointed out. "Yeah…that’s not really a good criticism of Marvel," someone else argued. "Man discovers how actors work," someone else joked. 

We guess the debate will rage on...