New still images of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings shows Simu Liu’s Marvel hero in action.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will debut its first Asian-American hero next month with Shang-Chi. Portrayed by Canadian actor Simu Liu, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings is the first of many Marvel projects that will highlight the broad Asian-American identity. The latest Empire cover issue features two new stills from the film that show Liu in action. The first photo sees the character in a hero pose with a fighting staff, and the other sees him dangling from the side of a light rail transport cart as a baddie tries to wound him with a sword.
One of the reasons the Simu Liu movie is so highly anticipated is because it is the first film in the Marvel franchise to focus on an Asian-American hero and his struggle to fit in. With diversity becoming a hot topic in Hollywood, especially in the big franchises, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige opened up to Empire about why Shang-Chi was the new studio hero to focus on.
“I remember seeing a viral video when the Black Panther poster first came out. They were young people in a movie theater overwhelmed with excitement when they saw the poster, and it was moving because people were so excited about the movie we were making. “
“But it was also hard to realize that they were reacting that way because they hadn’t seen it before. So Panther really fused the notion of ‘Everyone deserves to be portrayed in this larger than life way.’
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Here is the synopsis of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings:
Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. Shang-Chi must face the past that he thought he had left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a script written by David Callaham, the Marvel film stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Ronny Chieng, and Dallas Liu.
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