Marvel’s first movie with an all Asian cast, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, premiered on September 3 and earned $140 million in global ticket sales to-date, smashing the record for a Labor Day opening which traditionally has shown lower sales.
When Marvel originally announced its plans to make Shang-Chi, many assumed that this was in an attempt to win over the Chinese market. However, the movie currently does not have a premiere date in China and may not release in local theaters due to controversy.
Reasons for delay in film releases are usually due to government regulators determining that the cast or storyline is disrespectful towards China. The public opinion is that although Simu Liu (劉思慕) was born in China, he grew up in Canada and his looks fuel the Western stereotypes of how Chinese people look.
The stellar cast of Tony Leung (梁朝偉) and Michelle Yeoh (楊紫瓊), generated interest in the film, but viewers in China were disappointed to learn that he would be the villain in the movie. Making many attempts to clarify that his character is not The Mandarin who was associated with racist stereotypes of the past, Marvel created an original film character for Tony called Xu Wenwu.
The President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, emphasized that Tony’s portrayal of his character was perfect and the spirit of the movie. Although Shang-Chi killed his father in the comic, this scene does not appear in the movie.
Even with these reassurances, the movie has still not been able to pass China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) review process. There has been no promotion in China as well, fueling speculations that the movie would unlikely release in local theaters.
Source: World Journal
This article is written by Kiki for Jaynestars.com.