Sometimes I feel like I’m just raining on everyone’s MCU parade! I really don’t want to be THAT guy. However as a fan of the comic book as a kid in the 1980’s I can say if you’d shown me the trailer with no mention of what I was seeing I’d probably wouldn’t have guessed it was Shang Chi “The Master of Kung Fu’ I’d grown up to love!
As I’ve really been enjoying The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, I can say I’m no MCU hater. I’ve had fun for the most part with most of the movies in general, though can see how they miss the mark for true comic classic book fans like myself many times. Shang Chi’s trailer definitely went for a different vibe, from the look and demeanor of the ‘Master of Kung Fu’ to the bright flashy settings that graced the screen. It definitely felt very “2021” and a lot less like the mysterious, organic, earthy setting of his classic stories. A lot of the scenes looked like they were fighting in a giant Apple shop.
It’s modern hip hop soundtrack, flashy cars and fashion felt quite out of place for what I’d been originally hopeful for of the big screen debut of Marvel’s most iconic Asian superhero. From what I can tell of the plot it sounds like they’re going to try a sort of Bruce Lee/Enter the Dragon’ kind of thing with a wild Mortal Combat-esque tournament going down. However this looks more like a tech-y modern showdown, than a mysterious ancient fight to the death I’d been hoping for. Way less of a classic Bruce Lee feel and much more of a fast & Furious version of Shang Chi. I guess I built up some sort of idea of what the movie was going to be in my head, something I’ve just got to stop doing. My fault not theirs.
I need to remember movies follow modern trends, whether good or bad and flip on my disconnect for when these super heroes hit the big screen. One thing I was happy to see was that at least the fighting looked somewhat like real people doing real martial arts, rather than some ridiculously flimsy CGI characters fighting ala the terrible final train scene battle in the Black Panther. Hey though it’s just a trailer and there are a few scenes that look promising, so I may end up eating my words. However so far, my “inner kid” isn’t to pleased at this point but I’ve got to understand, Marvel’s probably forgotten about that person a long time ago….
I’m super duper pumped about the recent addition to the “Phase 4” of Marvel’s cinematic universe, they’ll indeed be introducing none other than Shang Chi: The Master of Kung Fu to audiences around the globe! This really did kinda catch me by surprise, I mean who’d have ever thought Shang-Chi would get his own blockbuster film? I understand the Black Panther, as he’s easily in my opinion, one of Marvel’s most iconic, at least to any real collector of superhero comics. He’s a legend. However Shang-Chi (who as a kid I was a collector of his titles) is a pretty obscure character whom I never thought got enough credit. He’s been around though since the early 70’s and was Marvel’s direct reaction to the popularity of Bruce Lee.
Now in 2018 Shang-Chi once again has an advantage, as Marvel searches for it’s next big hit, cashing in at the box office on diversity in their movies, they’re aiming at lightning striking again with a movie that features an all Asian cast & director in a similar fashion as the Black Panther. I’d have been more impressed honestly if Marvel had introduced The Black Panther movie years before it’s release in 2018, but it seemed like they waited until the right time though to make as much money as possible with diversity being a hot topic. That being said better late than never for The Black Panther and now Shang-Chi I guess.
So being a fan of the greatest martial artist in the MCU I’m hoping they do indeed pull this one off and pull the character into the A-List category! What do we want from a “Master of Kung Fu” movie? Well how about the exact opposite of what we got from the Iron Fist series? This movie needs to bring on a superhuman kung fu spectacle unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Iron Fist was a giant disappointment, it’s terrible fight sequences/choreography, mixed with it’s ultra bland plot & unappealing lead character made for a truly tough series to sit that many hours through. Shang-Chi should be a full on action adventure movie, something like a mix up of Indiana Jones & Enter The Dragon but with the most insane martial arts battles put to screen, To pull this off they need someone who’s a true veteran to do the choreography/directing duties like Wilson Yip of the ‘Ip Man’ franchise or the legendary Sammo Hung. Continue reading