The first Marvel movie featuring an Asian superhero made his way to the big screens in Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. Chinese-Canadian actor, Simu Liu, previously casted in the sitcom Kim’s Convenience, steps into his power as Marvel superhero Shang-Chi. For the first time ever, the world gets to watch an Asian superhero.
For the past couple years, Asian representation has begun to make its mark in Hollywood. This diversification of American cinema has been a long time in the making. Finally, young Asian children have a superhero that looks like them. The director Daniel Cretton explains that the film not only brings Asian-American visibility into the media space, but that “Shang-Chi’s relatability as “a superhero that doesn’t get splashed with chemicals to get his superpower” makes it easier for audiences to connect with the film’s themes of identity” showing that within our ordinary self, everyone can relate to this and be our own superhero.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings is now available to be seen on Disney+, making it even more accessible to people to watch.