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Marvel worried about audience reaction to ‘Shang-Chi’ non-English opening

December 12, 2021

Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings was the first MCU film to feature a predominantly Asian cast, with the Simu Liu vehicle drawing heavily on the two kung fu films. and Chinese fantasy and mythology. Its opening scenes, for example, featured the hero’s immortal father, Wenwu (Tony Leung), as he discovered the mystical kingdom of Ta-Lo and met his guardian, Ying Li (Fala Chen), Shang’s mother. -Chi, with whom he quickly fell in love. with.

These scenes, in which the actors speak in Mandarin with translated English subtitles, meant that the film kicked off without the English language being heard for quite a while. It was a pretty bold move for Marvel Studios, and it turns out the producers had been worried about it for a long time.