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SHANG CHI: Marvel’s newest film makes history

Marvel has made history with it’s first ever Asian led superhero film

 

Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings was released in the UK on the 3rd of September to great success. The latest action packed blockbuster for the Marvel franchise wowed viewers and was one of the most inclusive additions yet.

With an Asian-led cast, the new film has made history for the franchise and hoped to tackle Asian hatred and discrimination around the globe. The film will take place within the Marvel cinematic universe with fans hoping Shang Chi and other heroes will cross paths in the near future.

Simu Liu, the first Asian actor to lead a Marvel superhero film, has said he hopes the movie will help "show the world that we’re not afraid" in the face of anti-Asian hate. The actor, 32, makes history playing the title role in Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, which boasts a majority Asian and Asian-American cast, including Awkwafina, Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh.

According to statistics released by IMDb, the new film has done incredibly well at the box office, taking in over 127 million dollars world wide since it’s release.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said its films are supposed to be seen on the big screen, amid a debate over parent company Disney’s pandemic-era release strategy.

Jia Wei, Social Media Officer for Glitter Cymru, has said to Cardiff TV that the new film will help tackle Asian hate and violence world-wide after Covid-19 prompted a spike in violence and discrimination.

They said: “Looking up to Westernised society is so apparent. They’re up there and we feel sort of like a minority.

“So to see somebody like me coming from my region as a south East Asian on the white screen and in Hollywood, it feels really empowering to me.”

 


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