It’s the surprise Marvel movie that few superhero fans knew that they wanted, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is receiving favourable reviews from critics and looks to be the most important film of the mega-franchise since 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
Not quite seen in such an important light as the mainstays of the franchise, Disney CEO Bob Chapek clearly doesn’t hold the film in high esteem, calling the project an “interesting experiment” during a recent Disney earnings call. Actor Simu Liu understandably rejected such comments, noting, “We are not an ‘interesting experiment’. We are the underdog; the underestimated. We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year. We are the surprise.” he responded on social media.
Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel studios has also recently confirmed that Fu Manchu does not feature in Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings. Shang-Chi’s father in the comic book story has been widely cited as a racist caricature since the release of the series in 1973.
In a report from Variety Feige spoke to Chinese film critic Raymond Zhou at the film’s premiere and stated, “[Fu Manchu] is not a character we own or would ever want to own”. Continuing he notes, “It was changed in the comics many, many, many years ago. We never had any intention of [having him] in this movie. Definitively, Fu Manchu is not in this movie, is not Shang-Chi’s father, and again, is not even a Marvel character, and hasn’t been for decades”.
Feige also addressed controversies surrounding the film’s main plot in which the titular character abandon’s China in pursuit of the West. “That sense of running away […] is presented as one of his flaws,” he said.
“It is a flaw to run away to the West and to hide from his legacy and his family – that’s how the movie is presented. And how he will face that and overcome that is part of what the story’s about,” Kevin Feige stated.
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is due for a UK release on September 3rd.