Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu on representation… Canadian representation in the MCU

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Simi Liu found out days before the official announcement that he was going to portray superhero Shang-Chi in the upcoming Marvel Studios film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The actor made an appearance on The Beaverton, a Canadian news satire publication, to talk about representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, Liu is proud to be the first Canadian actor to lead his own Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

Check out the video below as Simu Liu talks about Canadian representation in the MCU.

Not much is known about the story for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but we do know that the real Mandarin will be the main villain, and he’ll be played by legendary Hong Kong actor Tony Leung (Hero, The Grandmaster). The Mandarin is the leader of The Ten Rings, a terrorist organization that first appeared in Iron Man. The group is the one responsible for kidnapping Tony Stark and trying to force him to make weapons for them. It should be interesting to see what The Mandarin’s ultimate plan is once the movie comes out.

The film will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. He helmed Just Mercy, a film that stars Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), so he has experience directing talent featured in the MCU. Working on the screenplay is Dave Callaham, who is the co-writer of Wonder Woman 1984 and the creator of the Amazon series, Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Callaham has a background in martial arts, so that should be really helpful in bringing a martial arts superhero to life. Here’s hoping that it won’t end up like Marvel’s Iron Fist.

Shang-Chi is known as the Master of Kung Fu, and he first appeared in December 1973 in Special Marvel Edition #15 and was created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin, who wrote the Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity War comic book series. In the comics, Shang-Chi was born and raised in China and learned martial arts from his father and teachers. It turns out that his father isn’t all he’s cracked up to be, and in the end, Shang-Chi will have to stop his father from taking over the world.

Check out our interview with Jim Starlin as he talks about his thoughts on Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

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