Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review
By: Haanya Quadri
Action, romance, and comedy beautifully combine in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a fun-filled Marvel movie full of twists and turns. This seventy-two minute film has received a whopping 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it a lovable movie for people of all ages. As Marvel’s first superhero movie with Asian leads, it has made incredible strides for representation of the Asian community, especially in the action movie genre, featuring household names like Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Michelle Yeoh.
The movie follows Shang-Chi, the son of the leader known as the Mandarin, as he struggles with his identity and his past while simultaneously saving the world from being overtaken by demons. Marvel fanatics may recognize the Mandarin as the terrorist group first introduced in Iron Man 3; however, we soon learn the fate of the man who previously posed as ‘the Mandarin,’ as well as the reality of the mysterious organization that hired him. Shang-Chi must grapple with his tumultuous past after the death of his mother, his father’s delusions of his late wife’s voice calling him to the fabled kingdom of Ta Lo, and his sister’s peculiar history after Shang-Chi left her. The movie does not follow the stereotypical Marvel plot, marking it as a completely unique movie that may, perhaps, shape the MCU’s entire next phase.
Viewers watch as the Ten Rings, a strange but powerful ancient artifact, are used by Shang-Chi’s father to gain power across the world for thousands of years. The Ten Rings may set up the fate of the MCU, as portrayed in the movie’s two post-credit scenes. Speculations that the Ten Rings may be incorporated into Marvel’s next movie, The Eternals, are spreading across the Internet as a result of the Rings’ ancient but mighty magical capabilities. Marvel fans may recognize some familiar faces as Benedict Wong, Brie Larson, and Mark Ruffalo make cameos playing their respective roles as Wong, Captain Marvel, and Bruce Banner, setting up complex relationships between Marvel characters.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a must-see for any Marvel fan. As put by Simu Liu himself, “It is a celebration of culture. It’s a celebration of coming of age,” Liu explained. “It’s also, by the way, got some of the most incredible action sequences you’ve ever seen.”