‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Review – A Thrilling Martial Arts Odyssey

How the hell do you introduce a new superhero this far into the Marvel game? This is something the MCU has to contend with as the roster gets bigger, and Shang-Chi is the newest member post-Endgame. For one, you stack the right talent: director Destin Daniel Cretton at the helm, a storied action cinematographer in Bill Pope, the late Brad Allan as fight choreographer, along with a dizzying who’s who of a predominantly Asian cast. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may be burdened with the standard grooves of an origin story, but it blazes past the stumbling block to the tune of a martial arts action romp.

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A Word on Bruce Lee and Asian Superheroes

I have to start off by saying I’m sorry. This is not what I planned to publish at all on the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. I’ve been fixing up some fun tie-in pieces on Marvel’s latest, some deep-dives into lingering MCU plot threads and a couple spotlights on the film’s stars—which I’ll roll out shortly. (My Labor Day plans have been cancelled in light of everything going on so I’ve got nothing else to do this weekend 🙃) But all of my Shang-Chi inspired content are on hold at the moment because I saw something on Twitter that combusted my brain.

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We Don’t Deserve Kelly Marie Tran

Kelly Marie Tran, star of Disney’s latest, Raya and the Last Dragon, has been gracing my social feeds again much to my delight. She’s been slaying red carpets and impromptu promo shoots, crushing interviews—even speaking out on the harassment she endured following The Last Jedi. The groundswell of support this time around seems to indicate those days of racist man-boy hatred are long gone. Thing is, I’ve been watching the outpouring of affection towards Kelly Marie Tran with more caution than optimism. Because we’ve been here before, and I ain’t buying it. Continue reading