Robert Downey Jr. hits back at Quentin Tarantino’s Marvel critique

Robert Downey Jr. has hit back at Quentin Tarantino’s criticism of Marvel movies.

That pulp fiction The filmmaker spoke out against the “Marvelization of Hollywood” in an interview last month, claiming “movie stars” are no longer getting through.

“Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is … there’s all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” he 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, you know, but the thing is, you know, it’s those franchise characters that become stars.”

Tarantino’s comments have been disputed by Marvel stars including Shang Chi‘s Simu Liu and his frequent collaborator Samuel L Jackson.

Now, iron man Star Downey addressed the comments in an interview with meeting.

“I think from a creative perspective, going to war with ourselves is a waste of time,” he said. “Throwing rocks one way or another… and I’ve had my reactions in the past when people said things that I thought discredited my integrity… I was like, ‘You know what, let’s just get over this .’

“We are all one community. There is enough space for everything and thank God for that Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water. That’s all I have to say.”

Downey played Tony Stark in 10 films throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning with iron man in 2008 and ends in 2019 Avengers: Endgame.

Robert Downey Jr in Avengers: Infinity War

(Marvel Studios)

“I think we are in a time and place that I have unwittingly contributed to, where IP takes precedence over principle and personality,” he said, adding that the issue is “a double-edged sword.”

“A piece of intellectual property is only as good as the human talent you get to represent it, and you can have a great intellectual property, even if it’s by an author or a writer/director national treasure, and if you don’t have that, with the right artist playing the role, you never know how good it could have been,” he continued.

Downey recently took part in the Netflix documentary “Sr.”focusing on his father, underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.

Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino

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In conversation with The Independent, “Sr.” Director Chris Smith spoke about the late Downey Sr.’s reaction to his son’s Marvel success.

“I definitely think there were movies [Downey Sr] didn’t care,” says Smith. “And I think, as Robert would freely admit, his father wouldn’t hide his contempt if he didn’t like something.

“But you know, when we asked him about the Marvel movies — sort of iron man especially – I remember he loved it. He said, ‘You’ve got a guy who wants to give up his guns!’ I think he was really proud to be honest.” Robert Downey Jr. hits back at Quentin Tarantino’s Marvel critique


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