Tony Leung Coming Back To MCU: A Shang-Chi Conversation With Cultural Consultant Jeff Yang
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been kicking butt at the box office and continues to prove the naysayers wrong. It has an A- on Rotten Tomatoes (what would Simu Liu’s parents say though??) and fans are loving the origin story and the supporting cast. Arguably, one of the most compelling and popular is Hong Kong actor Tony Leung. The Shang-Chi cast was thrilled to work with him and many of my Chinese-American friends wanted to watch the movie specifically for Leung, which is why it was a bit of a disappointment to have him die at the end of the movie. This is Marvel though, so characters can always come back, which is why it was exciting when Jeff Yang, a cultural consultant for the movie and one of the hosts for the They Call Us Bruce podcast, revealed that Tony Leung is coming back to the MCU.
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Tony Leung played Wenwu/Mandarin, Shang-Chi’s power-hungry father and head of the Ten Rings crime organization. He brought more depth and dimension to his character than other Marvel villains and I think many wished they had gotten to know his character even better. As one of Asia’s most successful and internationally recognized stars, it seemed a shame to not have Leung in more MCU movies, but Yang has given us hope. On the They Call Us Bruce episode titled “They Call Us Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Yang said:
“Given what they had in Tony Leung, I would have hoped that they would have made it a little more clear that he has other places to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’ll just leave it at that.”
While Yang didn’t give specifics, it seems pretty clear that Wenwu is going to make more appearances in future Marvel movies. It could be as a ghost or through flashbacks, but we also know the multiverse is alive and well, so Leung could also be playing an alternate version of himself. Any way you look at it, it’ll be exciting to see Leung again.
In the same podcast episode, they also talked about how Leung had always wanted to do a major Hollywood blockbuster or “work with Scorsese,” but he never saw an opportunity that worked for him. Hopefully if he really is in more Marvel films, Hollywood will recognize his incredible talent and start casting him in other films.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently playing in theaters. It will start streaming on Disney+ Friday, November 12, 2021.
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