Released in 2021, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starred Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Ben Kingsley. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, it turned out to be one of the most successful installments in the MCU’s rocky phase 4.
The movie followed Shang-Chi, a parking valet in San Francisco who gets confronted by the past as the Ten Rings organization crashes into his life. Commenting on the action in the movie, a big factor in most MCU films, the lead actor Simu Liu stated in an interview with Empire:
“There’s a lot of homage to Jackie [Jackie Chan] in there, and that’s also a testament to Brad [Brad Allan]– he really loved the genre of kung fu, of martial arts, of wuxia, and really built in so many different homages and references throughout all the fights in the movie.”
Shang Chi 2 in pre-production
Within a few months of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the studio decided to announce that a sequel is underway. Commenting on where the sequel might be head, Architect of the MCU, Kevin Feige stated in an interview with comicbook.com:
“We certainly have many ideas of where to take them and where to put them. What’s so fun, we know the movie’s working when it’s not just the title character that people ask about, but it is the co-stars or the supporting players that people ask about.”
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With the film currently in pre-production, Simu Liu is set to return as the titular character alongside Awkwafina. Even though not confirmed, we should likely be seeing Ben Kingsley, Meng’er Zhang, and Florian Munteanu also return to their roles.
Simu Liu selling NFTs?
Among one of the more active celebrities on Twitter, the actor has never shied away from teasing and bantering his fans. Commenting on the speculations that Shang Chi would flop, the actor tweeted after the movie’s success:
Flopped so hard we got a sequel!! https://t.co/69yPeuX2ma
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) December 6, 2021
Barbie actor Simu Liu tweeted on August 4th, joking that his career might be ending soon. Commenting on the legacy he hopes to leave behind, he continued:
When my career ends two months from now I just hope that people say "oh yeah I remember Simu. I liked that guy; he never tried to sell me an NFT."
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) August 3, 2022
NFTs have become a popular manner in which many celebrities past their prime are earning money. Many fans have criticized the decision, believing them to be ruining their legacy with one fan who replied to Simu Liu’s referring to NFTs as just throwing money away.