Robert Downey Jr Reacts To Quentin Tarantino Criticising Marvel Movies

Quentin Tarantino’s statement on Marvel films and stars received backlash from many including Shang Chi star Simu Liu. Now, Robert Downey Jr who essayed the role of Iron Man in the MCU has also reacted to the ace filmmaker’s comments. He called the entire discussion “a waste of time.” Here’s what he said.

Robert Downey Jr reacts to Quentin Tarantino criticising Marvel movies

Robert Downey Jr Reacts To Quentin Tarantino Criticising Marvel Movies

He said, “I think that creatively it is a waste of time to be at war with ourselves. Throwing stones one way or another… and I’ve had my reactions in the past when people said things that I felt were discrediting my integrity…I go, you know what, let’s just get over it. We’re all a community. There’s enough room for everything and thank God for Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water. That’s all I have to say.”  

Robert Downey Jr Reacts To Quentin Tarantino Criticising Marvel Movies

What did Quentin Tarantino say about Marvel movies and stars?

Quentin Tarantino said that he doesn’t believe there are movie stars in Hollywood anymore and one of the main reasons for the same is the success of Marvel movies. “Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” he said on 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast. “But they’re not movie stars. Captain America is the star. Thor is the star,” he added.   


“I mean, I’m not the first person to say that, I think that’s been said a zillion times. But it’s these franchise characters that become a star,” he said.  

Also Read: Did You Know, Hollywood Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino Was Inspired By Kamal Haasan’s Film Abhay?

He also said that Hollywood is only interested in making superhero movies at the moment.  

“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.”  

Also Read: Quentin Tarantino’s Statement On Marvel Movie Stars Draws Flak From Many Including Simu Liu

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Daredevil Born Again: Margarita Levieva and Sandrine Holt Join Charlie Cox’s Disney+ Marvel Series in Major Roles – Reports

The casting for Daredevil: Born Again continues to ramp up as Margarita Levieva and Sandrine Holt have been reportedly cast in major roles. While their roles remain unknown, its been theorised that they they potential love interests for the leads of the series. Daredevil Born Again: Michael Gandolfini Cast For a ‘Major Role’ in Charlie Cox’s Disney+ Marvel Series – Reports.

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After Haphazard 18 Months, Marvel Studios Reportedly Rebooting the MCU Very Soon

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been running for over 14 years. Its humble beginnings with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (2008) began a sprawling multimedia franchise that remains one of the highest-grossing and most beloved entries into pop culture in recent decades.

But, it would be remiss not to acknowledge that Marvel projects have felt lackluster lately, at least in the current Phase Four, and this could mean a big shift is on the horizon. In fact, rumors point to the live-action Marvel Universe getting a whole reboot in the coming years.

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Related: ‘Iron Man 4’ “Trailer” Stuns as Tom Cruise Takes Over as Tony Stark

Iron Man debuted Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and the character quickly became the beating heart of the franchise. His story, as well as Marvel’s other leading man Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), would come to an end in the commercially successful and critically-acclaimed Avengers two-part finale, Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), from the Russo Brothers.

Fans of the MCU can currently expect content through 2026 when the sixth installment in the Avengers crossover series, Avengers: Secret Wars (2026), releases. Originally planned to debut the same year as its predecessor, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2025), Kevin Feige’s studio performed a non-surprising release date shift around, meaning the Marvel Comics-based story will arrive a year later than planned.

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2026 is not that far away in MCU years, and fans may want to begin readying themselves for a historic reboot of the franchise they have followed since the late 00s. While Marvel reportedly has plans for projects through 2032, Secret Wars — which itself is based on the famous comic book arc of the same name — may act as the catalyst for a whole new MCU. A new rumor suggests that director Daniel Destin Cretton’s movie The Kang Dynasty and writer Michael Waldron’s Secret Wars will be the stage in which Marvel will reinvent its prestige film and television output.

The rumor is based on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes needing to recruit a plethora of new Avengers to take on the MCU’s new Thanos (Josh Brolin), Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), potentially bringing in characters from outside of Marvel Studios such as 20th Century Studios’ X-Men and Fantastic Four — even though both mutants and Marvel’s First Family getting their own MCU treatment — as well as Sony Pictures stars Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

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As we’ve previously heard, it appears the idea is for Avengers: Endgame’s “Portals” scene to look positively small fry in comparison!

The most interesting part of these claims is that Marvel Studios is looking to sign up some of those actors for a new MCU that will be created at the end of Avengers: Secret Wars. Similar to the comic book event from Jonathan Hickman, it seems a new world that incorporates many timelines will form, which will “allow for some of the X-Men and so on to be brought across.”

The 'Portals' Scene in 'Avengers: Endgame' (2019)
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What is most notable about these reports is the notion of “a new MCU”. Despite it being one of the world’s leading media empires, Marvel Studios has not been free of criticism, in fact, quite the contrary, as this most recent Phase has proven.

Marvel Phase Four, the sequence that should have launched with Cate Shortland’s Black Widow in 2020, but instead began with the Disney+ series WandaVision in 2021 due to the pandemic, has been lackluster across the board. Never really getting the cohesiveness the previous Phases have managed to construct, Phase Four came to a lukewarm end this past November with the release of director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther (2018) follow-up, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022).

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Following the box office success of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) which featured Tom Holland’s last (maybe) outing as the New York web-slinger Spider-Man, both Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (2022) and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) generally failed to capture audiences like Spidey did. And as for Disney+, there has been no shining star of a series — at least across the board — over the last two years. From Loki to Hawkeye, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to She-Hulk- Attorney at Law, and Moon Knight to Ms. Marvel, no two projects feel connected in any substantial way, leading to confusion and frustration from fans.

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Related: The “Biggest Attack In History” Likely Causing New Black Panther to Be Replaced In the MCU

This “new MCU” may be a way for Marvel to tie a neat bow around its legacy and genre-defining series of projects of almost 20 years by the time Secret Wars drops into movie theaters.

Do you think the MCU needs rebooting? Let us know in the comments down below!

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To help a dying fan play Marvel’s Midnight Suns, Firaxis made a playable build in just 24 hours

Last year, Marvel’s Midnight Suns developer Firaxis was able to give a dying fan have a chance to play the game before a full build was even ready.

GamesIndustry.biz shared the story of UK-based Luke Wiltshire last week, a video game fan who was unfortunately diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was 14. As well as being a video game fan, Luke also had a lot of love for Marvel. Unfortunately, after nine years of treatment, Luke was told last year that there were no more options left, and he would be receiving end-of-life care. In turn, he shared three final wishes with his family: he wanted a puppy, that his mum could look after when he passed, a hog roast, and to play Marvel’s Midnight Suns.

That last one wasn’t exactly an easy feat, in part because Firaxis is based in Baltimore, Maryland. But Solving Kids’ Cancer stepped in, a charity that had helped Luke and his family previously, after Claire (Luke’s sister) reached out to them. In turn, Solving Kids’ Cancer CEO Gail Jackson shared a post in LinkedIn in hopes someone could help her.

“I was amazed by the response,” Jackson said. “People reshared it, shared it in their networks, I started getting messages, I got a message from Disney and different gaming companies. After a couple of weeks, an email dropped into my inbox from some company called 2K, which I had never heard of. They had seen my post and wanted to know how they could help.”

After numerous phone calls were made to try and figure out how at 2K Solving Kid’s Cancer should speak to, the gaming publisher’s social team was the one that got things moving. The biggest problem was that there wasn’t actually a build ready to play at the time, and unfortunately Luke did not have much time left.

So quite literally within 24 hours, Firaxis, 2K, and Marvel came together to get a build ready to be played just for Luke. 2K’s social media manager at the time Asim Tanvir brought the build on a laptop to Luke’s house himself, who was told he was named as a game design consultant (you can see his name in the credits).

On top of giving Luke the opportunity to play the game’s first act, developers from both 2K and Firaxis, as well as Marvel Games creative director Bill Rosemann spoke with him to share stories over a video call.

During your playthrough, you might also come across a tree with an engraving that reads “Luke Was Here.” When told about this addition to the game, Luke said that he had been “forever immortalised in Marvel.”

Luke passed a few weeks later on November 12, 2021. A short documentary about Luke was shared earlier this year, which you can watch above. A fund called The Big Love fund has also been setup in Luke’s name, which aims to help children and young people in similar situations.

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Jenna Ortega: Wednesday star sparks debate among Marvel fans after being ‘ruled out’ of MCU role

Marvel fans have been debating whether Jenna Ortega would be eligible for a future role in the popular superhero franchise.

The 20-year-old actor is currently experiencing a surge in popularity following the release of the Netflix series Wednesday.

While Marvel has been known for signing many of Hollywood’s most promising young actors onto big recurring roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – including Florence Pugh, Will Poulter and Hailee Steinfeld – some have pointed out that Ortega may never get the chance.

This is because she has in fact already appeared in the MCU as a child, playing a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in 2012’s Iron Man 3.

Ortega’s appearance in the film didn’t escape the notice of many disappointed Wednesday fans, including former adult film star Mia Khalifa, who wrote last week to her 5.1 million Twitter followers: “Life is unfair, and I stand by that because Jenna Ortega had a cameo in a Marvel movie years ago which means we’ll never be able to see her as a lead in a Marvel movie.”

However, there may be hope yet for those rooting for Ortega to join the MCU.

While it is rare, there have been a handful of occasions in which actors have returned to the franchise in a different role to that which they first occupied.

The most prominent example of this is Gemma Chan, who played the role of Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel, before returning to the MCU as Sersi in Eternals.

Chris Evans also portrayed Johnny Storm (AKA The Human Torch) in two Fantastic Four adaptations, before being cast as Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. The Fantastic Four films were not, however, part of the MCU’s canon at the time.

Fans weighed in with these examples and other instances of actors performing multiple roles within the Marvel universe.

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“There have been a few actors who have pulled double duty. I imagine we will see her in a way bigger role eventually,” one person wrote.

“Gemma Chan was in Captain Marvel before she was in the Eternals so never say never,” commented another.

Of course, the bigger question is perhaps whether Ortega, who has drawn acclaim for her role in Wednesday, as well as for previous performances in 2022’s Scream and X, would even be interested in another MCU role.

Wednesday is available to stream on Netflix now.

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Kevin Nash Reveals How Much WWE Had to Pay Marvel For Hulk Trademark, Talks nWo Trademark’s Value

On a recent episode of Kliq This, Kevin Nash gave some insight into the complicated world of trademarks and merchandising in wrestling. When co-host Sean Oliver stopped talking for brief seconds, Nash spoke on the John Cena trademark, the value of the nWo trademark, and the problems with the “Diesel” name. Check out some highlights below.

On John Cena’s real name being trademarked by WWE: “It should only be able to be registered, but not trademarked. And then you would have to sign a merchandising agreement. I don’t see how they can trademark it.”

On Oliver’s take that John Cena would not be allowed to sell a Cena t-shirt on his own: “Sure he could.”

On how valuable the nWo trademark is: “[WWE] owned the nWo. So we got a percentage of that from the WWE. The faction makes way more money than “Kevin Nash” does. The nWo was the homerun. If I could pick owning either the nWo trademark solely 100%, or owning “Kevin Nash” in the realm of wrestling? I’ll take the nWo.”

On how much WWF had to pay Marvel to use the Hulk trademark for Hogan: “It was Marvel, and [WWF] paid, I wanna say one hundred grand, to use the Hulk trademark.”

On the issue with trademarking Diesel for merchandising: “You know what the problem is with Diesel? So when they said they were gonna call me Diesel, I said “can we spell it with a Z?” They looked at me like I was fucking insane. But I had lived in Europe and played basketball over in Germany. Diesel jeans were nothing in the States at that time. There wasn’t a Diesel brand. For merchandise, they always had to put Diesel “power.” They always had to put something else, they could never just put “Diesel.”

If you use any of the above quotes, please credit Kliq This with an h/t to 411mania for the transcription.

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The Best ‘Marvel Snap’ Destroy Deck For Climbing The Ladder

Alright, I guess I’m just going to keep doing these until I run out of decks here, because people seem to be interested in what I’m running. So, today’s Marvel Snap strategy guide will talk about a destroy deck, which revolves around, you guessed it, destroying your own cards, which is not as dangerous as it sounds, and a pretty key mechanic in the game.

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Here’s the deck I am currently running in Pool 3, which required me to purchase Death from the rotating Token shop so I could really put the icing on the cake here. It also features Wave, which makes this a version of a “Deathwave” deck that has been pretty popular on the ladder for a while. So, here’s the list:

1 – The Hood – Alright I’ll just explain one of the core concepts up front here, which is that this deck has a whole bunch of 1 drops that you can kill safely with your own Killmonger (in addition to any enemy one drops) which will drop the cost of Death very low, probably even to zero by the end of the game. Play Hood’s demon later so you don’t kill it with Killmonger

1 – Squirrel Girl – Two dead squirrels and a girl from Killmonger to feed the Death machine.

1 – Angel – You can play him and kill him, or he will replace one of your dead drops later.

1 – Nova – A Destroy Deck staple who will buff the power of all your other cards on death

1 – Yondu – Yondu is just annoying. I’m not quite sure if he counts as destroying an enemy card. I don’t think so?

2 – Bucky Barnes – Another pool 2 Destroy Deck essential which will summon the powerful Winter Soldier after his demise.

2 – Carnage – Well, someone has to start eating all these other cards. Venom can work here as well if you have him.

3 – Killmonger – For mass 1 drop death as mentioned

3 – Wave – Will reduce Death down to 4, or even below that, if other cards have already died. This may get nerfed in the future as it’s almost too good.

3 – Deathlok – For destroying cards, that’s it

6 – Death – Who you will play on turn 6 at probably zero energy, which then sets you up to also play…

6 – America Chavez – So you can drop both death and her on the same turn. I would mostly avoid playing death early outside of a Wave summon, given that she can be executed by Shang-Chi.

So, at baseline the strategy is get a bunch of 1 drops out, kill them with Killmonger. If you don’t have many out, you can try to summon death on turn 4 with a Wave play instead. Either way, Death is going to loom large over the board with a bonus of America showing up at the end. Enjoy your wins.

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