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Review | Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a vibrant film with a character based on oriental culture that will appeal to fans of the genre and comics.

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The universe Marvel in cinemas has been consolidated in the last decade, bringing to the big screen several adaptations of comic book characters, and both media feed each other. Despite the success of the Infinity Saga, the time has come for Marvel to take the next step towards its new big journey on the big screen, and the first big step for the studio is Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings.

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It is worth noting that this is the first solo film with an Asian Marvel character to be released both in theaters and on streaming. Remembering that Iron fist is not an Asian character.

The film has a unique participation within Marvel as it has elements of the past, present and future of the MCU, and it has a whole new face from what has been shown previously.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings tells the origin story of Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), who curiously, before the announcement, had already carried out campaigns on social networks asking for the release of the film and offering himself for the role.

And after this lobbying, Simu Liu did not disappoint. The actor embodied the Master Kung Fu, representing very well the film adaptation of the character, who in the film divides his life between being a hotel valet and being heir to the leader of one of the largest criminal organizations in the world.

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The choice of the cast is one more of the positive points of Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings, this is because the vast majority is composed of actors and actresses born or descendants of Orientals. This choice brings more realism and depth to the plot, giving even more importance to all the symbols and elements of oriental culture shown during the film.

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It is very important to pay attention to all the details in the scene, because in addition to being full of oriental signs, the film also contains several and theshave eggs related to the Marvel universe, mainly during the fight scene between the Abominable (Tim Roth) and Wong (Benedict Wong).

The film serves as a redemption of Iron Man 3 (2013), and presents the true Mandarin (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), a character who gains as much prominence as Shang-Chi, and his arc has a development as well assembled as that of the protagonist.

Katy (Awkwafina) and Xialing (Meng'er Zhang) also have a huge prominence within the plot, even if their stories are different, they intersect in relation to family repression, evidently much less in the case of Katy.

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The character of Awkwafina has a significant importance in the film, not only for its history but also for functioning as a comic relief. Her personality fits very well with the one presented by Shang-Chi, thus making the duo very well used on screen.

Unfortunately not all these characters are so lucky. death dealer (Andy Le) for example, ends up being misused, being a base problem for Marvel that continues not to present strong antagonists.

The villain has some relevance at the beginning, but in the course of the adventure he goes unnoticed, having the same importance to the story as any extra walking on the sidewalk.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings is fluid and seems to tell three different stories, but all of them end up having tied ends, thus making the long break some origin film standards and be more dynamic than usual for this type of adventure based on comics.

The fight scenes are breathtaking, both melee, incredibly choreographed, and those involving energy, these referring to some anime battles.

The film lives up to the character's origin, which was created due to the success of martial arts films in the 70s, which is clear from its references in the genre, even more so in the battle scenes.

Shang-Chi is a charismatic character with a great backstory, and has the potential to generate good solo arcs for Marvel in theaters, as well as the ability to add future crossovers and studio team meetings.

The feature has two post-credits scenes, the first of paramount importance in the future of the Marvel universe, the second more focused on the character.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings hits theaters on September 2, check out the trailer:

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