As he prepares for his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu appears on the cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. In the issue’s cover story, Liu discusses the line he walks trying to bring heroic Asian representation to the MCU. “There are two paradigms that are completely at odds with each other,” he says. “One being, as a progressive Asian American man, I’ve always wanted to shatter barriers and expectations of what Asian men are and be very aware of the boxes that we’re put into — martial artists, sidekicks, exotic, or Orientalist. And then the other paradigm is, like, kung fu is objectively super f—ing cool. There is a reason why kung fu caught fire and the world became obsessed with it, because it’s incredible to watch.
“There was a time [as an Asian actor], I didn’t want anybody to see me doing martial arts… but I grew up watching Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and I remember the immense amount of pride that I felt watching them kick ass. I think Shang-Chi can absolutely be that for Asian Americans. It means that kids growing up today will have what we never did — the ability to watch the screen and to really feel seen.”
Marvel Studios’ Jonathan Schwartz has said that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ action sets a new high bar for Marvel Studios. “I think this is the best action [Marvel has] ever done,” he previously told Entertainment Weekly. “Every punch is meaningful, every fighting style is meaningful, and the story is told visually in such a great way.”
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization, led by his father Wenwu (Tony Leung), also known as the Mandarin. The cast also includes Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan and Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and produced by Kevin Feige and Jonathan Schwartz, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Charles Newirth serving as executive producers. David Callaham & Destin Daniel Cretton & Andrew Lanham wrote the screenplay for the film.
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Phase Zero: Shang-Chi (2021) Star Simu Liu, Director Destin Daniel Cretton Join Wednesday
On Wednesday, September 8, the star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Simu Liu, will be joining ComicBook.com’s MCU podcast Phase Zero and he’s not coming along. Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton will also be joining the show. Episode 35 will take a spoiler-filled dive into the new MCU movie and will also take a look at the actor’s and director’s experiences off-screen in joining the biggest movie franchise in the world. The journey that publicly began at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019 finally reached its big moment when the film released in theaters to record-breaking box office numbers over the Labor Day weekend.
Phase Zero launched as ComicBook.com’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-centric podcast on January 15, hosted by Brandon Davis. Davis and Jenna Anderson will be teaming up to co-host the interview episode with Cretton and Liu. Since January, Phase Zero has since eclipsed the 600,000 listens mark on all platforms. In that time, the cast and directors of titles such as WandaVision, Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Black Widow have joined the show. For the first time since launching, Phase Zero will play host to a lead actor in a Marvel movie during a live recording before the episode is made available on all major podcast platforms in audio form.
Additionally, Phase Zero has already recorded and released its Bonus Episode #3 with a spoiler-filled breakdown and reaction to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. It is available now on all major podcast platforms.
Recently, Phase Zero featured a deep dive interview with Black Widow writer Eric Pearson and a full analysis of Loki with director Kate Herron. The deep dive into the first MCU movie is a part of Episode 27, following the hour-long discussion of Loki Season 1 and its Season 1 finale with Phase Zero hosts Brandon Davis, Jenna Anderson, Aaron Perine, and Jamie Jirak. The Pearson-featured Episode 27 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast platforms. Herron’s Episode 28 is now available on all podcast platforms, following the show’s tradition of releasing new episodes every Wednesday afternoon.
Phase Zero invites you to celebrate all things Marvel, hosting a weekly conversation of theories, speculation, and exclusive interviews and insights. It’s the number one spot for MCU fans, welcoming those new to it all and those who think they know it all! New episodes are recorded live on twitch.tv/comicbook every Wednesday at 12pm ET before being made available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and wherever podcasts can be found. For updates regarding the Phase Zero podcast, follow the official Phase Zero account on Twitter!