Marvel’s “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Movie Review

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Marvel Studios recently released their latest movie, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” staring Simu Liu as the movie’s title character. The film is about martial arts master Shang-Chi having to confront his past and his father’s organization, the Ten Rings.

This Labor Day weekend, the film made over $75 million, breaking the record once held by “Halloween” in 2007, which earned $30 million. The film was released exclusively in theaters as opposed to Marvel’s previous film, “Black Widow,” which was released in theaters and on Disney+.

*SPOILER FREE REVIEW* This past Friday, I was able to go see the movie. This film was probably one of Marvel’s best recent releases. The story flowed quite well and it was not hard to understand everything going on in the film. I also really enjoyed the fight scenes and it was nice to see martial arts used in a Marvel film. The movie is also really good without relying on popular Marvel characters. It was cool seeing some references and callbacks to previous Marvel films. The film also does a great job at setting up future story lines in both the mid credits scene and post credit scene. The film is easily one of my top Marvel movies and I would rate it a 9/10.

*SPOILER REVIEW* The story of Shang-Chi’s father, Wenwu (portrayed by Tony Leung), unable to get over the death of his wife and return to his warlord ways using the ten rings, even if that means putting his children through horrible training to make them warriors, eventually causing them to flee to separate parts of the world, was really interesting. The story makes it so you can easily sympathize with the grief-driven Wenwu despite his being the film’s antagonist. The scenes in the Macau fight club were great, and it was cool seeing former Hulk antagonist, Abomination (portrayed by Tim Roth, last seen in 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk”), fight in a staged battle against Dr. Strange’s friend Wong (portrayed by Benedict Wong), who is an Avenger in his own right. The final battle in Ta Lo was amazing and it was cool seeing the Ten Rings army and the Ta Lo people unite against a stronger enemy, the mythical Dweller in Darkness and its minions. The mid-credits scene of Wong examining the ten rings along with Shang-Chi, Captain Marvel (portrayed by Brie Larson), and Bruce Banner (portrayed by Mark Ruffalo), no longer in his Professor Hulk form from “Avengers: Endgame,” was interesting as it was revealed that a beacon was produced by the rings after Shang-Chi used them, meaning this could set up a future Avengers conflict. Also, the post credit scene of Shang-Chi’s sister, Xu Xialing (portrayed by Meng’er Zhang) taking control of their father’s organization after promising to dismantle it is also interesting as it may set up a sequel to Shang-Chi.