Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” does not disappoint


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Promotional photo for “Shang-Chi”

“Shang-Chi” is something different for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and has sent them down a new path, leaving fans excited for the future. It is perfectly driven by a mixture of action, fantasy and comedy, along with emotional scenes that match the high expectations of fans.

There are a wide variety of actors in “Shang-Chi ” that made this one of the best Marvel superhero origin movies in a long time. Simu Liu (Shang-Chi), Awkwafina (Katy) and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Wenwu) all give outstanding and emotional performances. Newcomer Meng’er Zhang, who portrays Xialing, Shang-Chi’s sister, plays an important part in the story of Shang-Chi confronting his past. Xialing may also play an important role later in the MCU. Director Destin Daniel Cretton knew how to squeeze a huge Marvel superhero story into two hours and 10 minutes, with multiple references of and homages to the martial arts movie genre.

This movie has the potential to be on everyone’s Top 5 list of their favorite MCU movies. As of Friday, “Shang-Chi ” has received high praise from audiences, with a 98% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore.

Working alongside Bill Pope, the cinematographer for “Spider-Man 2,” “The Matrix” and “Baby Driver,” Cretton wanted to make this film visually stunning and engaging for the audience. He did just that and much more through the unique style in which the story is told in this film.

Since this film focuses on the origin story of Shang-Chi, anyone can enjoy this movie without any prior knowledge of who Shang-Chi is. If you can, go see “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” in theaters on the biggest screen possible. If you can’t watch it in theaters, “Shang-Chi ” will be on Disney+ on Oct. 18.