Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings actor Si Li Liu have revealed that he has not received any criticism for his criticism of Disney boss Bob Chapek. Liu leads the cast as a famous hero as he travels to San Francisco in hopes of living a normal life, and becoming a close friend of Awkwafina’s Katy. However, his plans are raised when the Rings Rings secret organization, run by his rogue father Mandarin, remembers and was forced to deal with his past.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The development of the Shang-Chi film has plagued a development hell for more than 20 years, with Marvel Studios officially accelerating the project towards the end of 2018 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, film production and release were delayed several times until the filming was finally wrapped up in October and the film was scheduled for release in early September, only in theaters. Disney chief executive Bob Chapek came under fire for the decision after ousting the Black Widow from both theaters and Disney + Premier Access a few months ago but received further criticism for calling Shang-Chi an “interesting attempt,” including Liu himself.
During the film’s release, Liu caught up with USA Today to discuss Shang-Chi’s healing journey with The Legend of the Ten Rings. The actor referred to his post criticizing Chapek’s comments about the film’s release, stating that he had found nothing inside them and explained why he was posting the work and the power he has had since. See what Liu says below:
I just wanted people to know that I was fired for it. If it is true that I would not have had a livelihood if it were not for these discussions about diversity, the importance of representation, then I need to continue to fight that battle for the people who follow me.
Over and over, I have seen people who are taught by their parents, like me, to just use the line, not to fold the feathers, not to move the boat too much and just put your head down, make your job end that way. And I think that as a society, we are reaching the limits of that kind of thinking. I know what this movie can mean to so many people. “
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings certainly mark another powerful entry into the MCU as the first studio film with an Asian leader and the first with an Asian director and especially Asian actors.
Even before the Black Panther, the studio was slowly starting to build a very different list behind and in front of the camera before doubling down due to the success of the film led by Chadwick Boseman and Liu’s MCU with similarities to continue these diversity efforts. Although Liu’s next appearance for MCU is unknown at the moment, the wait for his show is over as Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings are now on stage.