Shang-Chi Star Simu Liu Addresses Film's Backlash from Chinese Fans Over Authenticity Issues

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A lot of fans are already lauding Marvel Studios' forthcoming offering Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings not only for its action-packed trailer but for its representation of Asians in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something a lot of people have been clamoring for years now. However, despite the generally favorable response it has been getting online, ironically, the film is apparently receiving major backlash in China over issues of authenticity and the fact that it features Asian actors who were either born and/or raised in western countries.


In fact, the first teaser for the film generated a negative response from the Chinese community overseas, with the trailer getting thousands of dislikes on China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. As it turns out, the backlash the project is currently receiving isn't something unbeknownst to actor Simu Liu who recently took to Twitter to send his message. While he didn't exactly address the matter upfront, Simu had a message for the film's critics.

Speaking in Chinese, the video Simu posted translates: "I want to thank all of our Chinese fans for their support and encouragement. To the other people who are rooting for our failure, I don't have much to say, just wait and see." Check it out here:


Now, it'll be interesting to see if the backlash from the Chinese will ultimately have an effect on the film considering the MCU is such a huge deal in the said territories. In their defense, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings isn't meant to be a film geared towards Chinese authenticity and no one is hiding the fact that it is "westernized". If anything, it tells the story of the struggles of Asian-Americans who didn't grow up in a traditional Chinese setting. Still, I'm confident that the film will perform well, and hopefully, by the time it comes out, the Asian community will give it a fair chance because I believe it's going to be mind-blowingly good.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will hit cinemas on September 3, 2021.


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