Shang-Chi makes history for Marvel

Shang-Chi gets ready for battle. Curtesy of

Danica Keane, News and Opinion assistant

WARNING! Spoilers ahead

On Sept. 3, Marvel Studios made history. Shang-Chi is the first-ever superhero movie with an Asian lead and an all-Asian cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
With that, the movie has received a lot of racism from “fans.’’ Some say they won’t see the movie because of the all-Asian cast. Other fans are angry with Marvel because of the lack of promotion and marketing for the film compared to the attention that white leads tend to get for their movies.
Based on the Marvel comics, martial-arts master Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) confronts the past he thought he left behind when he’s drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. It starts right away with the past of Shang-Chi and the history of the Ten Rings. Since the death of his mother (Fala Chen), he has trained in Martial-arts with the pressure from his dad (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai).
On a mission to assassinate the group of men that killed his mother, he leaves his past behind and starts a new life in America. He meets his best friend Katy (Awkwafina) and his life changes for the better. But when everything seems normal, Shang-Chi and Katy are attacked on a bus by Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu) and the Ten Rings organization created by his father after the death of his mother.
Shang-Chi goes to find his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang) after receiving a postcard. Their father thinks their mother is still alive and wants to destroy her village to find her.
The movie takes place after the events of Avengers Endgame in 2023. The Ten Rings organization was involved with the kidnapping of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) when he built his first suit. While Shang-Chi and Xialing are seeing their father, they run into Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley), the villain from Iron Man 3. But in the film, Slattery is a British actor who was only acting as the villain in Iron Man.
The final battle is filled with suspense as Shang-Chi’s father breaks a dragon out. The dragon releases smaller dragons that suck souls and can only be killed with a specific weapon. As the dragon gains more souls from smaller dragons, it becomes more powerful and harder to kill. When Shang-Chi fights his father, he is able to wield the Ten Rings.

The film has a run time of 2 hours and 12 minutes and is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The film has beautiful images and colors. There was never a point in the film where it was boring or slow, it was very fast-paced. The music in the film was perfect for each scene. Shang-Chi is soulful, and Marvel needs more of that. It’s easy to understand and follow, even if you haven’t seen any Marvel movies or haven’t read the comics. The film’s rating is PG-13, so it is great for older audiences and families. It was a very enjoyable film and is probably one of the best Marvel films . Overall, it deserves 4/5 stars.