Marvel kicks up inclusivity


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, released on September 3, 2022. This was Marvel’s first movie with an asian-led cast. (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)

Madison Johnson, Staff Writer

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings is a movie about a man who has to confront his past and is drawn into a web with the mysterious Ten Rings Organization. Shang-Chi and the Legends of Ten Rings is a Marvel masterpiece that brings Asian culture into the Marvel movies, something that fans haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing before. Shang-Chi came out in September 2021 and includes names like Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung Chi-Wau, Meng’er Zhang, and many more.

Shang-Chi was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton who has directed many movies. Cretton does a great job of not worrying about the computer-generated imaging used. Even though the CGI in this movie still looked incredible to me, it wasn’t the most innovative or time-consuming process. Instead, Cretton focused on the relationships between the characters. The relationship between Shang-chi and Katy is a best friend dynamic that all friends should deem necessary. 

The sibling dynamic in this movie started off a little estranged because Shang-Chi left and didn’t come back for his sister. Everything that  Shang-Chi learned, Xialing had to teach herself. Xialing deep down resented her brother for leaving, because she had to stay with her father, who was very difficult to deal with. As the movie progresses, the relationship gets better and better. They start to talk and Shang-Chi tells Xialing his reason for leaving. By the end of the movie, their relationship is great because they went through the hardships of this adventure together. 

The big fight scene in this movie is just spectacular. The amount of color and the standoff with the rings make it so much better. The contrast from the color in the background just makes the scene more intense and exhilarating. I got to see this movie in the theaters and had a perfect seat in the middle of the theater. This scene was so intense that you could hear a pin drop. 

What is more telling about this movie is how it was never teased in any of the previous Marvel movies. Shang-Chi is an outlier in this sense. It is also unique in the styles of the movie. There are a lot of different Asian cultures used in this movie. The use of martial arts makes the fighting scenes even more intense and brings the story to the next level, giving viewers a  sense of emotion and bringing the characters to life with how they express their emotions. 

It was nice to have new movies come out during such a hard and stressful time. Marvel has always been comforting to me and seeing a movie like this makes me so much happier with where they are going. This movie brings the Asian culture to the forefront of how beautiful it can be. This whole culture is so beautiful to me. with the way they move, the clothes they wear, just the way they act with confidence. Marvel movies have always been so non-inclusive when it comes to their earlier movies, and it is wonderful to see the inclusiveness that Marvel has now. When I first saw this movie in theaters I was so mesmerized and entranced by this movie.

 I rate this movie 5 paws out of 5 because of the beauty of the movie.