After watching ‘Wandavision’, ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ and ‘Loki’, I have unfortunately started to lose interest in what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer. But, while Marvel’s first conceived storyline may have overall concluded, there is still a lot of unknown properties that the studio owns. One of them is Shang-Chi, with the first film from Marvel’s next phase being his introductory film.
Marvel’s return to the big screen follows Shang-Chi (Simu Liu – Kelly’s Convenience), a master of non-weaponry martial arts, as he is forced to confront his past after joining the Ten Rings organization.
Despite reviews slowly starting to appear, the film will not be in UK cinemas until the end of next week. And, while my interest has still not piqued for the next MCU phase, it definitely has for ‘Shang-Chi’, mainly because I am a fan of martial arts films. While the plot looks ok, it’s the visuals and martial arts sequences that have grabbed my attention and stand out the most.
Just from the trailer alone, it’s clear to see that the film is influenced by Jackie Chan films as well as 2004’s ‘House of Flying Daggers’, which are a huge positive. I also like that the cast and crew are Asian American, which is an important factor to this production. More mainstream multicultural films need to happen so, just like ‘Black Panther’, the release of ‘Shang-Chi’ is extremely important and noteworthy.
Marvel’s first martial arts film is nearly here, and I am greatly interested after seeing the trailer. It looks to be getting positive reviews from critics too, so I really hope it captures moviegoers’ attention and becomes a box office success.
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