Audiences are available in for a more feeling journey with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings than originally anticipated, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Shang-Chi is the twenty-fifth feature-length entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is the first Marvel film to boast an Asian actor in the lead role. Shang-Chi promotional materials have highlighted the many martial arts-influenced action stages peppered throughout the film, but there seems to be a deeper emotional core to the film that gatherings might not expect.

The character of Shang-Chi( Simu Liu) firstly debuted in Marvel Comics lore back in 1973, created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin( the latter being most known for co-creating the notorious Mad Titan, Thanos ). Even in his earliest iterations, Shang-Chi routinely came into conflict with his father; nonetheless, the MCU opted to modify aspects of the character’s backstory to sidestep outdated Asian stereotypes that were present in the original comics. Shang-Chi’s father in the film is Wenwu( Tony Chiu-wai Leung ), also known as the nefarious Mandarin. The hostile dynamic between Shang-Chi and Wenwu is expected to be the central conflict within the upcoming film.

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During Shang-Chi’s red carpet premiere that held yesterday in Hollywood, Feige spoke highly of Leung’s performance as Wenwu in the film. Feige says that he doesn’t “think parties are quite ready for what Tony brings to this movie […] and how emotional this movie becomes.” See Feige’s full statements below 😛 TAGEND

“We talked about Simu, but likewise talking about Tony Leung, you mention the family aspect of the movie which I still don’t speculate people are quite ready for what Tony brings to this movie and what the relationship and how unique it is and how emotional this movie becomes.”

Leung is a legend in the Hong Kong film industry, starring in many of the most important movies in Hong Kong’s cinematic canon. Meanwhile, Liu’s most iconic persona prior to his employment at Marvel was as Jung in the highly acclaimed Korean Canadian sitcom,Kim’s Convenience. Both actors have slew of know representing harrowing, family-oriented capacities which surely bodes well for their dynamic in the film.

Early reactions to Shang-Chi underscore Feige’s proclamations, with many praising the film’s depiction of family and grief. This shouldn’t come as a huge revelation for MCU fans as parent-child rapports have been a core aspect of the series ever since its earliest cinemas. Some of the most poignant moments in the entire franchise have involved children reconciling with their estranged parents, and vice-versa. Still, it’s reassuring to hear that the movie dedicates enough space for feeling overcomes to breathe, rather than focusing alone on activity. Followers can expect to be moved by the story of Shang-Chi and Wenwu when the film hits theater in two short-lived weeks.

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Source: Kevin Feige

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