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Simu Liu and Destin Daniel Cretton on Bringing Shang-Chi to the Big Screen

Cretton imparted an individual account to EW on why he sought after the film: “When that announcement came out, I just went instantly back to my childhood. [Growing up] all I had was Spider-Man. Because he had the mask on, I could dress up like Spider-Man for Halloween. I had a handful of other characters that looked like me on screen, but there were maybe two or three that I could choose from, and super heroes were not a part of that.”

Liu communicated fervor to EW about presenting the legend Shang-Chi on a worldwide scale, “The most exciting thing about stepping into this character was that his backstory has never been told before.”

“We know Peter Parker, who was bitten by a radioactive spider, and he loses his uncle,” continued Liu. “Shang-Chi’s story is very much unknown to most of the world, so we had a lot of freedom and creative liberty to make it the way that we wanted to.”

As found in the secret trailer above, Shang-Chi thought he has left his past behind, just to find he’s been brought into the snare of the strange Ten Rings association, as his dad Wenwu advises him, “Child, it’s the ideal opportunity for you to agree with your place by my stance.”

Repeating what Liu said, Cretton commented on the funnies root, with an accentuation on the familial bond, “There are numerous cycles of Shang-Chi all through the funnies, yet there was consistently a center connection among him and his dad that was amazingly confounded — and that was something I truly identified with.”

“That was a big part of what I pitched,” elaborated Cretton to EW. “Using the movie to explore the psychology of a kid who was trained to be a killer when he was young. Now that he has broken out of that, how does he learn to redefine himself in the world and find the balance of what his relationship with his father should be?”

Maker Jonathan Schwartz told EW, “Using the movie to explore the psychology of a kid who was trained to be a killer when he was young. Now that he has broken out of that, how does he learn to redefine himself in the world and find the balance of what his relationship with his father should be?”

Remarking on the incredible entertainer, Tony Leung, who plays Wenwu, Cretton said, “A character like Wenwu could have easily been a one-dimensional villain with no heart. Tony opened this character up [so] this is an antagonist who has a deep ability to love.”

Likewise Simu Liu (Shang-Chi) and Tony Leung (Wenwu), the film additionally stars Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s companion Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, just as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng.

Keen on becoming familiar with Shang-Chi and Wenwu’s dynamic, Awkwafina’s character Katy, adjusting the film from the dated depictions in the funnies to introduce day, and making the tricks, head on over to Entertainment Weekly!

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