The Comic Years Podcast: The Shang-Chi Spoiler Discussion
Shang-Chi And The Legends Of The Ten Rings has revived the movie going industry. Potentially, more so than any other film that we all expected to do so. And it’s a pretty great thing too because the movie is actually very good. I’m underselling it, but Shang-Chi was able to revitalize interest in what feels like the umpteenth Marvel origin movie. With a new world introduced, along with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest hero, the movie is a momentous event. So much so that the team of the Comic Years Podcast just had to convene in order to break down everything this movie achieves. So join Emily O’Donnell, Keilin Huang and Roman Colombo on this Shang-Chi spoiler podcast discussion on this episode of the Comic Years Podcast.
Shang-Chi Spoiler Podcast Discussion
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The newest MCU hero is played by Simu Liu, and is the first-ever Asian superhero, in Marvel Studio’s first-ever Asian-led superhero ensemble cast. The film does a lot for representation in the MCU and goes beyond even that achievement. It’s a brand new origin story with some incredible action choreography and a story that feels epic in its scope. More so than, for example, the otherworldly movie about Gods that Thor was. In this Shang-Chi spoiler podcast, the Comic Years Podcast team discusses their takes on the movie and breaks down what a monumental milestone this is.
How Does Shang-Chi Hold Up To Scrutiny?
One of the biggest points of discussion in this Shang-Chi spoiler podcast is surrounding the topic of representation. Keilin’s comments regarding representation and diversity are the most illuminating. They point out how diversity isn’t the big and sweeping moments that everyone thinks they are in a movie. But the more nuanced gestures of inclusion and authenticity that make a movie feel representative of the culture it’s depicting. In that regard, Shang-Chi absolutely holds up to being a huge step in the right direction in introducing MCU’s first Asian superhero.
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Shang-Chi And The Legends Of The Ten Rings is now playing in theatres and will be streaming on Disney Plus on November 12.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.