Marvel Studios is about to introduce a slew of new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Phase 4 ramps up to its debut in 2021. Many of these new heroes will continue on the legacy built by Infinity Saga icons like Captain America and Iron Man, and dozens of other unique entities will be brought from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen for the first time.
While the MCU is expanding into its new division of storytelling on Disney+ with long-awaited characters like Moon Knight and She-Hulk, the big screen movies will also have more than their fair share of first timers as well. Legacies will be reinvented with new adaptations of both Blade and Fantastic Four, and other comic franchises will earn their first round of live action projects with movies like Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The star of the latter movie is an important part of the expanding movement into diversity within the MCU, and he celebrated that fact with his most recent social media post.
In a new post on his Twitter account, Shang-Chi actor Simu Liu shared a recent clipping from Time Magazine celebrating 2021's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as one of the 39 most anticipated films of next year.
Liu took time to point out that Asians and Asian Americans fill most of the high profile roles both in front of the camera and behind it, including its cast, screenwriter (Dave Callaham), director (Destin Daniel Cretton), art director (Sue Chan as production designer), and stuntpersons.
-Asian cast— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) December 20, 2020
-Asian Am Screenwriter (Dave Callaham)
-Asian Am Director (Destin Daniel Cretton)
-Asian Am Art Director
-Asian Action Designers and Fight Choreographers
-Asian American 1st AD
-one of @TIME's Most Anticipated Films of 2021! pic.twitter.com/QS5x8uvY6o
WHAT THIS MEANS
Simu Liu's enthusiasm toward playing the lead role in Marvel's 25th feature film has been absolutely infectious since he was first announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019. Even with the movie not scheduled to release for seven more months, he has been as open as any star in the franchise about his excitement to bring Shang-Chi to life and the joy he feels being surrounded by so many Asian coworkers.
This movie will come as the first major superhero flick with such a high percentage of the cast and crew consisting of Asian Americans, similarly to how Black Panther put Black creatives in the spotlight in 2018. Director Destin Daniel Cretton and many cast members who have spoken about this movie share Liu's sentiments, and they all show such pride in having the opportunity to show their heritage and culture to the world in any way they can.
Early reports and reviews have already raved about the stuntwork and action being utilized in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Marvel fans are chomping at the bit to see the movie expand on the Infinity Saga with another exciting hero and the real Mandarin showing his true power.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has completed filming and will release in theaters on July 9, 2021.