SHANG-CHI First Reactions Are Positively Radiant

The first reactions for  Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings are in and they are positively radiant. Shang-Chi fans have waited a very long time—way, way too long, to be quite honest—to see the Marvel Comics hero enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But at last, in the 25th MCU installment, he’s arrived. And, by the first reactions from Shang-Chi‘s world premiere in Los Angeles, his debut is everything.

Simu Liu and others walk away from a helicopter in Marvel's Shang-Chi and the The Legend of the Ten Rings

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Attendees had praise across the board, from the action to thoughtful and emotional storytelling to the sublime cast. And naturally, Simu Liu, who plays the titular hero, was at the center of that praise. To see that the actor knocked it out of the park is a delightful full circle moment, considering how he manifested this way back in 2018 on Twitter.

First responses also lauded Awkwafina and global icons Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh. Needless to say the acting is on point. Additionally, attendees couldn’t get enough of the stellar action scenes, everything we hope to see in a blockbuster superhero movie and more.

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Many were taken by the film’s emotional, family-centered story. Considering the film follows Shang-Chi contending with his past, and specifically with his father’s dark organization, we’re excited to see the film layers this backstory with the emotional depth it deserves, while still bringing in necessary levity.

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Nerdist’s own Dan Casey was also on-hand at the premiere, reporting in a rave review of his own, echoing much of the above sentiments.

Suffice to say Destin Daniel Cretton has delivered with this highly-anticipated MCU film. And we couldn’t be more ready to see it.

The film also stars Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Ronny Chieng, Florian Munteanu, and Benedict Wong, reprising his MCU character, Wong. Interestingly, Sir Ben Kingsley, who appeared in Iron Man 3 as Trevor Slattery a.k.a. an actor hired to play the Mandarin, also made an appearance at the premiere. Could we see him pop up in Shang-Chi or is this a classic Marvel chess move? I guess we’ll find out very soon.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings debuts in theaters on September 3.

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