‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is your next favorite Marvel movie
Since the end of the Infinity Saga, we’ve been treated to some Marvel Cinematic Universe projects that looked familiar to us. “WandaVision” revolved around two main heroes, Wanda Maximoff and Vision. “Loki” was about Loki. “Black Widow” was about Natasha Romanoff. And “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” told us about Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes.
We have known many of these characters for almost a decade. While we did meet some new characters along the way, all of these stories felt like extensions of the old Marvel storylines. Although heralded as the next phase of Marvel, she still felt connected to the events of the past.
But “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is our first foray into the unknown and something new. It’s a movie with a new character with a new story to tell in a complex new environment. And if that indicates where we’re heading in the MCU, we’re about to see some high-level storytelling.
What to expect from “Shang-Chi”
Basically, “Shang-Chi” is a family affair. It centers around Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), who learns that his father, the Mandarin (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), is looking for Shang-Chi and his sister, Xialing (Meng’er Zhang). The film is about grief, family ties, inheritance, and what it means to be a member of your family, even when you don’t always agree with your family’s decisions.
It’s different from your typical Marvel movie. The suspension of reality is absolutely necessary to understand all aspects of it. Although it starts out as a Marvel movie, eventually you’ll forget you’re in the MCU, which is totally fine. It does have plenty of callbacks to the old MCU, however, that remind you of the universe. Easter Eggs are fun – and probably more glaring than the old MCU movies. You’ll love it. The film is full of surprises, shocks and emotions. It’s easy to stay invested in this movie.
And the movie becomes something bigger than it looks at around 75% – and that’s for the best. You can see channels from recent Marvel projects like “Loki” and “WandaVision”. But at the same time, this universe of characters is completely new.
Film Excellence replaces “Black Widow”, although they are very different films which make them difficult to compare. “Shang-Chi” is like “Doctor Strange” on steroids with a hint of “Loki” and “Thor: Ragnarok” added. It is truly unique in so many ways.
I want more of this universe. I want more “Shang-Chi” characters. The characters deserve a trilogy like “Iron Man” or “Thor”. And Shang-Chi, as a hero, deserves Avenger status. He should be a central character in the MCU to move forward against the villain that comes next.
Let’s talk about the cast of ‘Shang-Chi’
Liu, who plays Shang-Chi, is absolutely excellent, and he’s got to be around for the Marvel movies for the foreseeable future. It’s a perfect addition to the Marvel Universe. His charisma and poise go hand in hand with that of Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), among other stars. They totally nailed the casting. As Shang-Chi, Liu follows the line of a young man trying to find his way and a vulnerable young boy trying to find his family.
But Liu is helped by a strong supporting cast. Comedian Awkwafina plays Katy, a good friend of Shang-Chi. It’s not Awkwafina’s best role, however. Although her character develops throughout the film, I don’t think Awkwafina can show her full range. She’s a better main character than a sidekick, to be fair. Still, she adds a level of comedy throughout the film that breaks the drama. She totally nails her lines and her delivery. But it sounds like a low-cost version of his comedy.
Meng’er Zhang, who plays Shang-Chi’s sister Xialing, is a star of the film. She could easily be a new superhero in the MCU in the future. She would also fit perfectly into the “Black Widow” character set. Sometimes siblings can be a bit repetitive and boring in movies and TV shows, but Zhang takes on the role of a younger sister betrayed by her brother, giving depth to the characters and family history in the film. .
Is “Shang-Chi” good?
All of that said, “Shang-Chi” may have gone on for 10 to 15 minutes too long. He started hanging out towards the end before the final battle. And there were more characters that I definitely wanted more of, like Shang-Chi’s friend Jon Jon (Ronny Chieng). They could also let Awkwafina come up with more comedic lines in a follow-up movie, as her performance was rather limited.
“Shang-Chi” might not hold up well if the characters don’t contribute to the MCU’s bigger story. There’s a chance it’ll end up as “Doctor Strange” – a vital and important film for understanding the Infinity Stones and the mystical elements of Marvel – or it’ll end up as “Age of Ultron” – well, important, but sort of. jumping adventure. I hope that doesn’t happen with “Shang-Chi”.
But trust me, the hype is real. The excitement is real. Believe the hype and get ready for it because this movie is as good as everyone says it is.
And yes, I want to see this again. I want to see this three more times, four more times, six more times. I can’t wait to see him again. It’s so good, and it deserves your attention. And this is our first step into the larger world of the MCU, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.
(Oh, and the mid-credits scene – you have to see it. Trust me. The post-credits scene is good too.)