Marvel’s latest project, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has been on everyone’s radar recently. Although a Shang-Chi film adaptation has been in the works since 2001, we are finally being treated with what seems to be a competent rendition starring the likes of Tony Leung, Awkwafina, Fala Chen and Ben Kingsley among others. The film features Simu Liu as the titular character, an assassin who was trained by his father since he was a child.
While discussing Tony Leung’s involvement, director Destin Daniel Cretton said: “A lot of that evolution did happen after Tony came on board. When I was talking to Tony about this character, he didn’t know who the Mandarin is and didn’t care. We weren’t using the name Wenwu, but we’re definitely not talking about ‘the Mandarin.'”
Adding, “There were elements of the Mandarin, of that character, that remained, but we were talking about a dad who experienced a major loss in his life and has spiralled into despair and psychosis, and trying to desperately get back the thing that he lost. That was the character we’re talking about.”
According to multiple reports, Shang-Chi appears to be on its way to breaking multiple box office records. The estimates show that Marvel’s latest film is set to have Labour Day opening weekend of $45M-$50M which would surpass the previous record set of $30.6M set by Halloween (2007). Experts believe that the success of Shang-Chi will largely be predicated on the age demographic of 18-34.
The director explained: “We’re obviously working within the context of multiple genres — the martial arts genre, the superhero genre. But from a character standpoint, I feel like the process of breaking stereotypes is really just trying to humanise the characters as much as possible, give them as many sides as we could, make sure that each character had something clearly human about them that they are dealing with, that we can all connect to, whether you are of a similar ethnic background or not. To me, that is when stereotypes are broken, when you see yourself in a character.”
See the trailer, below.