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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Reiterated Why ‘Shang-Chi’ Is So Important

This isn’t going to be a long, profound post about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ring‘s important impact on the AAPI community. It’s merely an observation piece, albeit a brief one, that had me seething last night.

In fact, it made me so angry I decided to write this post. And this is why.

Le Roi Arthur de Guy Ritchie, un divertissement à la (dé)mesure de la  légende – Le Cri du Troll

In King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, a movie with an expected predominantly White cast there is an Asian character named George. In a sequence where Arthur and his buddies are telling a very convoluted story to a ranked soldier they mention George in a very derogatory fashion, calling him “Kung Fu George.”

My sister and I gasped. Mind you, this is a movie that came out just four years ago and yet the writers elected to treat its only Asian character in a demeaning way. So what he ended up becoming one of the Knights of the Round Table. They still slipped in an unnecessary form of racism.

Marvel's Kevin Feige addresses China's 'Shang-Chi' concerns, Fu Manchu

Fast forward to now and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is dominating the box-office and is the highest-rated superhero movie among audiences on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98% score. A movie with a predominantly Asian cast and a story that never shrinks from highlighting the vibrant and fascinating cultures of the AAPI community.

I’ve read so many posts about why Shang-Chi is so important. And when you think about films like 2017’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword or 2016’s The Great Wall–a movie starring Matt Damon that portrayed him as the savior of China–you realize that yes, we have a long way to go in terms of inclusivity but it’s nice knowing that Shang-Chi and all of the accompanying characters in that film exist to wash away the stereotypes.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

Is Marvel Better than ‘Star Wars’: Part 2?

A couple of days ago I wrote the first part of this 3-part series where I look deep within and determine which mega-franchise I love better, Marvel or Star Wars.

General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

In Part 1, I detailed the critic and audience reaction to each Star Wars film as well as my personal preference for each movie and the emotional rollercoaster that has been Star Wars for most of my life. As a Star Wars fan, it’s unfortunate to say that I’ve experienced more pain and depressing heartache with this franchise than unbridled joy and yet it is those bright spots–the lightsaber duels, the profound lessons that have actually helped me in my real life, the heroes and villains, and that incredible music–that keeps me invested in these stories.

Just look at my journey while watching The Bad Batch. Each week was a detailed account of my growing anger/disappointment with the series until by the end, I had given up caring about writing a weekly review for the show. And yet! I watched the whole thing. All sixteen episodes.

So yes, Star Wars may drive me batty sometimes but I am one of the most loyal fans that there is.

Now, Marvel Studios’ journey has been an entirely different ride altogether. It’s only been in the game for thirteen years but it has dominated a little over half of my life. I literally came of age with this franchise and these stories. My relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on a whole other level and I’m about to share my feelings of this franchise in great detail.

(This is a longread.)

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‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ After a Second Viewing

Well, I watched Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings again today and honestly, I can definitively say this is the best MCU origin story by a mile and one of the top ten MCU films.

Like I said in my last post, Shang-Chi isn’t a perfect movie. In the humor department some of the jokes feel a bit cheesy or poorly placed in between the awesome action scenes but that’s the only element of the film that takes some points away from the film. The rest of the movie is absolutely fantastic!

Considering that the movie has been out for a week I’m going to head into spoiler territory so I implore you to STOP READING NOW if you haven’t seen it already. Okay, here goes my review.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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It’s TIme To Update My Ranking of the Marvel Villains

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my Marvel villains roster but a lot has come out since then and after Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings I felt it was the perfect time to revisit this list. (Btw, I will be including some What If…? villains into this story as well because there are a couple that really stood out to me.) Okay, here we go.

30. Malekith

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Malekith is still the worst MCU villain; the Dark Elf jibberish he speaks is ridiculous, and the entire design of the character is just not cool.

29. Karli Morgenthau

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier's Erin Kellyman Talks About Playing Karli  Morgenthau | LegitGuy

I wanted to like this character and while the writers tried to paint Karli in an empathetic light she and her scrappy band of Flag Smashers ultimately became some of my least favorite villains.

She brought nothing to this show and when she died I felt nothing.

28. Director Hayward

WandaVision's Director Hayward: 7 Big Questions We Have About S.W.O.R.D.'s  Director Before The Finale - CINEMABLEND

I think Director Hayward is undoubtedly the fandom’s most-hated villain and it’s easy to understand why. He is just so unbelievably dislikable and after seeing him manipulate the story about Wanda I disliked him even more!

27. Ghost

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Part of the reason why I don’t watch Ant-Man and the Wasp anymore is because I don’t like Ghost. But when she does return in the future I’ll be happy to see her.

26. Ivan Vanko/Whiplash

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“I want my bird” is the only thing that makes this character half-memorable.

25. Ronan the Accuser

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While Guardians of the Galaxy will always be one of my favorite Marvel films Ronan is just…corny. And he’s even worse in Captain Marvel.

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I Think ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is Going to Make a Billion Dollars

Yep. I’m predicting it now. Spider-Man: No Way Home is bound to be the first film during the pandemic-era to make a billion dollars. And Shang-Chi is another major reason why.

Spider-Man: No Way Home' Trailer Beats 'Avengers: Endgame' Record - Variety

One week ago the highly-anticipated No Way Home trailer dropped and unsurprisingly the fandom shattered the internet for days on end about the trailer. It broke the record for most views of a trailer in a day with 355, 500, 000 views, roughly seven million more views than Endgame which previously held the record. That just goes to show the level of excitement revolving around this film.

Shang-Chi doesn't have a release date in China, why that's a big deal

And now Shang-Chi, an obscure Asian Marvel superhero that a lot of people didn’t know about, has shattered Labor Day box-office records and grossed 71.3 million with its domestic box-office earnings over the opening weekend and is set to make more money in its first four days than Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange! And that’s during the scary throes of the pandemic!

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Let’s Talk About Those Post-Credit Scenes

Well, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is out and yes, I finally saw those post-credit scenes everyone was talking about. So, let’s evaluate these post-credit scenes and what they may be setting up in the MCU.

Spoilers ahead!

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