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 NOWif you haven’t seen it already. Okay, here goes my review.
Well, I’m back from watching Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and well, I’ve got thoughts. Some good, some bad, but overall, Marvel Studios has another hit on their hands.
I’m going to break this review down into sections because I have so much to say so…let’s do this.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has a really good story, even if it didn’t quite know how to cohesively tell it without veering sometimes dangerously close to cornball-ville or boring predictabilty.
Tony Leung brings the heart to this movie in a way that I wasn’t expecting. I don’t think this film would have been as good as it was if it wasn’t for casting him as the story’s antagonist.
The story is very family-driven and leans heavily into the emotional side of things, hence the tears I ended up shedding during the film’s final act. While Simu Liu is a welcome addition to the MCU, Leung’s Wenwu was the character I empathized with the most.
For thirteen years now, the MCU has been one of the most incredible franchises. It took actors like the three Chrisses, Paul Rudd and Chadwick Boseman, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Holland, and so many others and turned them into superstars not just because they were in great movies but because Sarah Halley Finn knew they would be PERFECT for the roles they would play.
After Stan Lee’s death, I was skeptical for the future of Marvel Studios. Would the franchise still be great or would it lose its steam? I guess I underestimated just how brilliant Kevin Feige and the rest of the team has been through the years because the latest slate of characters and the actors that play them have been incredible.
Let’s just dive into the brand new characters and actors we have and will get to meet this year in the MCU.
The first piece of MCU content since Spider-Man: Far from Home, WandaVision was a risky return to the franchise we know and love so much but boy did it pay off. Not only was it a fantastic series with plenty of twists and turns and a very compelling story but it introduced us to two new powerful female characters that left quite the impression.
Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness stole the show every time she was onscreen. At times she was just straight down hilarious and at other times I would stare at the screen in awe because she did, in fact, feel like a perfect witch. She was the perfect foil to Wanda’s depression and I hope she returns in the future.
And then there was Teyonah Parris’s debut as Monica Rambeau. Do I think her acting skills need a little more refining? Yes I do, but I cannot deny my excitement to see her officially become one of the most powerful superheroes in the universe in The Marvels and to see her don whatever suit the incredible costume designers have created for her.
I also think she’s going to be able to deliver some powerful scenes opposite Brie Larson that could definitely have the potential to yank on my heart strings. She’s going to be a great fit with The Avengers.
Knowing Marvel will have a heavy presence at the San Diego Comic-Con is a thrilling prospect because that means news about Marvel’s future for Phase 4 is undoubtedly going to be abundant. And that means we’ll get a better idea at what to expect in the coming years. But, with Marvel already announcing sequels and prequels for some of Marvel’s most beloved characters there are several films that we know are in the works.
So, for today’s Who’s Your Favorite? I decided to ask you which future Marvel movie you’re most excited to see. And just in case you forgot, here they are.
Black Widow may not have had the role we were expecting in Avengers: Endgame but we’re going to get all of the Black Widow action we could ever dream of in the Black Widow film set to come out next May. And it’s starring some heavy hitters such as Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, and David Harbour.
The film, of course, is going to be a prequel and it’s currently filming as of this moment. Exciting! Kevin Feige has already expressed the thought process behind the making of the prequel and I am already fascinated. Here’s something he said a few days ago.
There’s a method to the madness. There’s always a method and doing things in an unexpected way is something we find fun. There are ways to do prequels that are less informative or answer questions you didn’t necessarily have, and then there are ways to do prequels where you learn all sorts of things you never knew before. I look at Better Call Saul as a wonderful example of a prequel that almost completely stands on its own apart from Breaking Bad because it informs you about so many things you didn’t know about before. So time will tell which way we’ve gone with a supposed Black Widow movie.
Avengers: Endgame has just come out, ending the Infinity Saga. The next Marvel movie to look forward to is Spider-Man: Far from Home which will be the official end of Phase 3 in the MCU. But what comes next? What new Marvel movies can we look forward to? Well, that’s what I’m here to share with you. Get excited ’cause we’ve got a lot to be excited for in the future. 🙂
SPOILERS from Endgame AHEAD!
Black Widow-May 2020
If you were disappointed with Black Widow’s involvement in Avengers: Endgame don’t worry, Marvel’s got you covered. Next year the super-assassin-turned-Avenger’s origin story will come to light as Scarlet Johannsson gears up one last time for this highly-anticipated standalone film. While much hasn’t been said about the movie it’s currently underseeing production. Starring alongside Scarlet Johannsson in the film is David Harbour (Hellboy), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy and The Favourite), Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family), and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaiden’s Tale). It will also be directed by a female director, Cate Shortland, and written by Ned Benson and Jac Schaeffer. Sounds exciting.