So far few Marvel Studios movies have been as successful as Black Panther – 90%, and just as the African American community had its opportunity to shine in that film, now Asians will do so in Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings – 95%, starring Simu Liu and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. However, the road has not been easy for the actor, as the character of Shang-Chi has been looked down upon on social media and himself insulted time and time again.
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Although it seems surprising, one of the reasons why Simu Liu He is criticized, it is because he lived in Canada since the age of 5 and some believe that he is not Chinese enough to deserve the role of Shang-Chi. Another actor who suffered such discrimination was Henry Golding, who recently starred in GI Joe: Snake Eyes – 53%, and in the past they have said how difficult it is not to be considered Asian enough and not white enough. In an interview with Inverse, the actor from Last Christmas: Another Chance to Love – 53% spoke about the bullying they have suffered Simu Liu for starring Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings (via Bustle):
We are playing characters. Not your background. It’s crazy that we keep having those conversations when we’re fighting for something much bigger. It is toxic. We should cheer each other on and support everyone’s success. Not just a few because they have been lucky enough to have grown up in a certain place.
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Another reason why Simu Liu He was criticized in social networks for his physical appearance, since some Chinese users said that he is very ugly, he himself told it in an interview with Men’s Health in this way:
I have a lot of trolls. They leave comments in Chinese on my page, and I’m very excited to translate them, because I think, ‘Oh, they must be expressing their support.’ AND [en su lugar] I come across things like, ‘your face looks like a dog’s anus, you don’t deserve this role.’
However, the insults of trolls on social networks are not so relevant, and the reviews of the critics have been very favorable to Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, which is currently among the highest rated films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although the expectations at the box office for its first weekend are not so good, this film is the first from Marvel Studios in the pandemic to be released exclusively in theaters, a path that the next installments will follow in the coming months.
Superhero cinema, and especially the Marvel Cinematic Universe, have been conquering audiences for more than a decade, and it doesn’t seem like it could soon lose its first place as the highest-grossing franchise of all time. With each new superhero that is added, you have a chance to succeed and attract new fans.
With Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings Marvel pays tribute to the martial arts films that had such an impact in past decades, and at the same time will do justice to its Asian characters, who until now had occupied secondary places and some had even suffered from whitewashing, like The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton.
After Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings Eternals is expected to hit theaters, a film that, in addition to having a very diverse cast, is directed by Chloé Zhao, winner of the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director for Nomadland – 100%. Based on the Jack Kirby comics, Eternals It will tell us the story of a group of superheroes that must defend the Earth from its enemies, the Deviants, and its premiere is scheduled for November.
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