Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' jabs, flips Asian American film cliches
The movie, directed and written by Asian Americans, centers on trained assassin Shang-Chi trying to live an ordinary life in San Francisco. “It’s his humanity that breaks stereotypes.”The martial arts movie genre has been a double-edged sword for Asian Americans for decades. But for many Asian American males, it's still an unfortunate rite of passage to be mockingly called Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan or asked about knowing karate. The “Shang-Chi” team assures that their foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is something that speaks to the Asian American experience. “We get to have fully fleshed out characters who also kick (butt) and do martial arts.wftv.com
Disney delays 'Black Widow,' Spielberg's 'West Side Story'
NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co. has further postponed its next mega-movies from Marvel, including “Black Widow,” while also postponing Steven Spielberg's “West Side Story” a full year in the company's latest recalibration due to the pandemic. Ten of Disney's top films shuffled release dates Wednesday, uprooting several of the company's major fall releases. The Scarlett Johansson Marvel movie “Black Widow,” last set for Nov. 6, heads to May 7 of next year. That was the date set for “West Side Story,” but Spielberg's musical will instead debut in December 2021. Given the interconnected nature of Marvel releases, the latest delay of “Black Widow” had a domino effect on other films.
Simu Liu, Marvel's latest leading man, will soon be a 'household name'
Simu Liu of Marvel Studios' 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)(CNN) - Say hello to Simu Liu. "He'll be a household name soon enough," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told CNN after an announcement-packed panel. "All I've ever wanted to do when I was growing was make [my parents] proud," Liu said on stage at Comic-Con. "Our films play around the world and we want the films to reflect that world," he said.