Marvel Studio’s First Asian Superhero

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Marvel Studio’s first superhero movie is here.

Simu Liu starrer ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ was launched on Monday to mark the lead actor’s birthday.

This high-flying action movie revolves around Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), a trained martial arts assassin who has grown up in the Ten Rings terror organisation. He tries to life a normal life in San Francisco.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe first introduced the Ten Rings in Iron Man film (2008).

Theme

It is based on a ‘70s comic-book character called the Master of Kung Fu’. As seen in the comics, Shang-Chi’s father trains him in martial arts. And eventually when he learns the formidable skills, he unravels the truth behind his father’s intentions.

Direction and Cast

The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who is of Japanese descent. It is also led by predominantly Asian cast, which is also something happening first time in the history of MCU.

It features Awkwafina, Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh in supporting roles.

As seen in Marvel movies, Shang-Chi has a tiny bit connection with “Iron Man 3”.

Kevin Feige, Marvel Studio’s president and the film’s producer Jonathan Schwartz in a recent interview explained- Wenwu has “gone by many names,” including the Mandarin. In the movie “Iron Man 3” there was a villain who pretended to be the Mandarin.

After the film was wrapped in October, Liu wrote message in the private Facebook group “Subtle Asian Traits”. The message was regarding the film’s impact.

Liu wrote – “For all of those who hated us because of the color of our skin, or been made to feel less than because of it; NO MORE,”. “This is OUR movie, and it will be IMPOSSIBLE for Hollywood to ignore us after this.” He added.

This film would mark Marvel’s return to theatrical releases, debuting in theatres only on September 3, 2021.


 

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