Marvel for an Asian superhero
As far as Marvel movies go, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a bit different. It won’t get the US$202 million Black Panther raked in on its opening weekend in 2018. That pre-pandemic box office record has been hard to break… But it is expected to take US$85 million from American audiences and that much again from international screenings, particularly in Asia. Filmed in Sydney last year, Shang-Chi is the first in the franchise with an Asian lead and storyline, and it’s had rave reviews. To capitalise on the good press, Disney execs are giving it 45 days in cinemas before releasing it on its premium streaming platform. One panda bear in the ointment – Chinese regulators are yet to approve it for release there. Non-locked down areas of Oz can get along now, and the rest will need to wait a bit to see Simu Liu (think Netflix’s Kim’s Convenience) in action…
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