Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Simu Liu Is Shang-Chi

I've been critical in these pages about the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience. I do feel the cast is fine even if the show's writers don't produce sufficiently fine material.

The news came in on Monday: Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu has been cast to play superhero Shang-Chi in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (scheduled for release in 2021). Mr Liu currently plays "Jung", the son in Kim's.

My first reaction after the "congratulations!" was "isn't he a little short to be playing a superhero?" (not short but not exactly tall). I admit I don't know much about such stuff, but, I do know it's about time we see more non-white comic book heroes on the big screen.

I'm sure Simu Liu will leap with aplomb into the role of Shang-Chi. Kim's Convenience will miss him.

1 comment:

Jawsphobia said...

The one problem with the now blatant diversity push in phase 4 of the MCU is that frankly the top tier characters that were fin to see interact are out of the picture and the leftovers interacting is not an event. Spider-Man is it's own brand, Black Panther should get more sequels, the prequel for Black Widow is badly timed. Female Thor feels like a gimmick but Dr, Strange having a horror sequel might be good. It's a coin toss MCU isn't the brand it was. It has peaked. Now they will take the risks and chalk up any failure to racist sexist "manbabies" despite many female YouTube pundits critical of Disney falling under that category.