Who is Shang-chi? Shang-chi is Marvel’s first Asian Superhero. This character got launched during the popularity of Kung-fu movies during the 1973. It was Marvel’s attempt to get the fans of Kung-fu movies. He is designed after Bruce Lee. When he debuted, he have no super powers. Shang-chi is good at Martial Arts that he can beat villains with superpowers.
Marvel decided to evolve him and gave him powers. These days he have multiplicity ability in the comics.
Shang-chi is a great leap for Marvel since they are now taking risk for an unknown actor to get a lead role in MCU. Marvel have issues with diversity in the past.
Remember when they casted Tilda Swinton to play the role of a Tibetan old man?
Or the time when they whitewashed Jubilee on the live action tv series Generation X.
When they finally have an Asian actress play Jubilee in an X-men film, she barely have lines.
Now Marvel finally have Asian representation on their films and this time an Asian actor is in front and center. He is not a villain, not a sidekick and he is not a caricature. The casting of Simu Liu, sadly had a negative backlash in China. Simu Liu doesn’t fit the mold of China’s male standard of beauty. Shang-chi is inspired from Bruce Lee and Bruce Lee is of european descent. He is not affected by the negative comments he got from Chinese social media. Happy Birthday Simu Liu! I hope you break barriers with this film.