Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings not only introduces Shang Chi well, but also features one of MCU’s best villain and action-packed characters.
Superhero movies with a protagonist-hero origin have in recent years struggled to replicate past ideas, and even Marvel has decided to distance itself from the origin story as much as possible. The main problem stems from the fact that the roots of most of the characters are very similar, and whether we like it or not, these characters almost follow certain patterns.
In Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, we finally met the real Mandarin
Even characters like Spider-Man and Batman have seen so much of their fictional roots that there is no need to see them again. But sometimes it takes a character or even a group to be fully introduced in their own independent film, and now Marvel has decided to introduce Shang Chi.
Marvel knew very well that Shang Chi was not a very popular character outside of the comic world, nor could he be portrayed like Black Panther in another film. So Marvel went to Shang Chi’s independent film to officially bring him to MCU, so that we can see the introduction of Marvel’s first completely new character in the fourth phase, without considering Yelena Belova, who is actually the second version of Black Widow. We knew from the beginning that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was going to tell the story of Shang Chi and also show the original Mandarin and the legend of the 10-reel group. Shang-Chi director Daniel Carton knew from the start that despite the film’s different appearance, Shang-Chi was not going to tell a very different and deconstructive story.
The action scenes are the best part of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
This awareness and acceptance led us to see a film with a fast and good storyline, despite the problems of the script, which is not going to waste the viewer’s time in annoying and boring scenes. Instead, Carton and his team decided to focus on other areas, such as action scenes, which paid off. The most important and best part of the film is without a doubt its action scenes, which is the strong point of the film from the beginning to the end. Although the best action scenes in the early parts of the film, especially the bus scene and then the escape scene from the competition venue, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings have the potential to combine Marvel normal action scenes with martial arts. It shows and we can even expect to see more of such scenes in the future.
But in the third part of the film, the use of special effects has somewhat affected the quality of the action scenes and struggles of the film, and it has lost the sense of difference and also the attractiveness of the struggles of the early parts of the film. Of course, in general, the third part of the movie does not have a drop like Black Widow, and the movie still has some good surprises, but there was still more potential for the final fight between Shang Chi and Mandarin. In addition to the action scenes, Shang Chi also contains relatively creative comedy scenes. We may have seen many of these scenes many times in Marvel’s various works, but it can be said that this film has used these scenes very well and cleverly, and we are not going to see much exaggeration throughout the film.
Simo Liu was able to well introduce Shang Chi in the Marvel movie world as a promising character
Although less comedy could still be used in some scenes of the film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings have a good balance of comedy scenes compared to Marvel’s other works. Although Carton and his team worked hard to cover the film’s problems by creating powerful action scenes, and succeeded in doing so, the introduction of Shang Chi as Marvel’s next superhero was crucial, and choosing the right actor was undoubtedly the main mission. It was them. However, this movie was not supposed to be just a simple action movie, and the good news is that Shang Chi has entered the Marvel movie world in the right direction.
Without exaggerating, much of the good portrayal of Shang Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is due to the brilliant performance of Simo Liu, who spent years trying to play Shang Chi and finally succeeded. Liu did well to show that he was not the only one trying to take on the role of Shang Chi, and throughout the film he worked hard to present a character seeking a place among Marvel’s future superheroes. Liu has performed very well in both action and drama and comedy, and it is safe to say that he hit the first nail very firmly and powerfully.
Even Aquafina is not contrary to the character’s expectations, and we rarely saw her repeated jokes throughout the film, and it can be said that at least in the comedy part of the film, she had a funny and heartwarming performance. But one of the problems with Marvel movies, especially fiction movies, is the evil characters, who are generally one-dimensional, weak, and very forgettable. The good news now is that Mandarin is not only not going to disappoint us, it has become one of the highlights of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Although Mandarin is very different from his comic book version, especially now that he is Shang Chi’s father, these changes have been in a positive direction.
Mandarin is one of Marvel’s best villains in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Perhaps the most important and best Mandarin change is the father-son affair with Shang Chi, so that during the film we see Marvel’s new superhero relationship with his father. The good thing is that Mandarin is not just an evil character, and he has so many human qualities that now, with the death of Shang Chi’s mother, he has lost himself again. In fact, we initially know Mandarin as an evil character that the whole world is worried about his attacks and his forces, but Mandarin’s acquaintance with Shang Chi’s mother changes him and now with the death of his wife, his heart becomes like a stone again and he sees the return of the 10-ring group. Are.
How Mandarin changes has a lot to do with Walcher’s character changes in Spider-Man: Homecoming, or even Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far from Home, where we saw a relatively more humane character than Walcher and Mysterio. This is especially true of Walcher, where all his evil deeds were to provide a better life for his family, and here Mandarin is trying his best to bring back his wife and then his son and daughter so that they can be a happy family again. In addition, similar patterns can be seen in depicting Kilmanger’s character in The Black Panther, which ultimately cost them one thing.
The potential of many of the supporting characters in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has not been used properly.
These points make us not think of Mandarin as just a villain and see more layers of his character throughout the film. Of course, Tony Liang’s choice for the role of Mandarin was also clever, and he was able to present a different and good version of this character. Although Shang Chi and Mandarin and even Katie were among the strengths of Shang-Chi, there are still some drawbacks. For example, the character of Xu Xialing, who is Shang Chi’s sister, does not pay very well in the film, and although it had good potential throughout the film, it was not used very well. That he is needed, we see him appear.
Of course, this is not limited to Shang Chi’s sister, and the villainous character of Razer Fist, despite his brilliant arrival and having one of the best action scenes in the film, was still not used properly, and we can hope that in the possible sequel to the film will pay better than Let’s be these two characters. Of course, the honorary presence of Wang and Abu Mission to Ben Kingsley in the role of Slater assassination was another interesting point of the film. Also, in some scenes, especially the final battle, we saw a drop in the quality of the film’s special effects, which may not be very noticeable at first glance, but overall, the special effects of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings were flawless. In contrast, the soundtrack was very bright and good in some minutes, but in other minutes I felt that a piece of music was being repeated and it can be said that the soundtrack is a memorable and mediocre part of the film.
Of course, we should not miss the shooting of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which was one of the brilliant technical parts of the film, which made the action part of the film better and more attractive. Shang-Chi may not have been as high as expected in the first films of the fourth phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it came as a great surprise and was able to get its place with the least amount of noise, and from now on we can follow this. The film and the future of Shang Chi’s character at MCU were thrilling. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may not have much to say, but in fact it offers one of the best Marvel films of all time, along with Iron Man and Doctor Strange.