Quentin Tarantino is one of the most successful directors of all time with his funny yet dark-humored plots. He began his career in the early 1990s and has made his way through Hollywood to become one of the most respected directors. Tarantino has also worked as a producer in this industry boosting many films and shows.
While in an interview with BBC Radio 1, Quentin Tarantino shared his interest in Stan Lee’s Marvel Comics and how he grew up reading those. He also shared his thoughts about him being shown indirectly in one of the movies of MCU, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Quentin Tarantino’s Reference in the MCU
In one of the most successful Captain America movies by the Russo Brothers, The Winter Soldier, a scene is shown where Steve Rogers aka Captain America and Sam Wilson aka the Falcon are paying respect to their fallen commander, Nick Fury (as he was presumed dead). His grave’s epitaph read “The path of the righteous man… Ezekiel 25:17”, which is a direct reference to Samuel L. Jackson’s role as Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino. In the movie Pulp Fiction, Samuel Jackson’s character cited the same section of a line to another person which became one of the most iconic scenes of that movie and also of Jackson’s career. The line was,
“Ezekiel 25:17. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of the evil me”
Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction’s another reference has been made in Captain Marvel. The infamous briefcase travels throughout the film and is yet to reveal what’s inside the box whether it’s Elvis’s gold suit or gold bars. As a tribute to that scene, the 209 MCU film also featured a similar scene in which a briefcase is opened and blue light shines from within it without the camera actually showing what’s actually inside. Although the viewers can easily guess it might be the Tesseract, the suggestion is left open for interpretation.
Another reference has been made when the post-credit scene of Avengers: Infinity War shows half the population getting blipped Nick Fury uses the profanity “Motherfu**er” which strongly resembles Tarantino’s films.
Quentin Tarantino Reacts to MCU References
When Tarantino was asked whether he knew about the references he replied that he knew that he was introduced to the MCU movies as he was watching one show from Jimmy Fallon’s show. As Samuel L. Jackson was invited to that particular episode and mentioned that there was a “Tarantino reference out there”. He adds that growing up, Tarantino used to read Marvel Comics, and he was a huge fan of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Llyod Thomas’s works.
Quentin Tarantino in his first movie Reservoir Dogs which came out in 1992 made a Marvel reference as Fantastic Four was mentioned in the movie. Tarantino also said that it felt really good when his movie references were made in the MCU films. He also laughed at the fact that Samuel Jackson used the same profanity at the end of Infinity War that made most of his movies famous.
Source: BBC Radio 1