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Marvel Casts First Chinese Superhero Shang-Chi
Simu Liu. [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Marvel Casts First Chinese Superhero Shang-Chi

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SAN DIEGO (CelebrityAccess) – New details about Marvel’s first Chinese superhero were revealed at San Diego’s Comic-Con over the weekend.

Canadian actor, Simu Liu, known for his role as Jung Kim on the CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, will star in the highly-anticipated superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

The upcoming film marks Marvel’s first feature with an Asian lead.

The character of Shang-Chi, based on the Marvel Comics superhero, is often referred to as a master of Kung-Fu, having been trained in martial arts by his father from a young age. Awkwafina and Tony Leung (who will play supervillain The Mandarin) will co-star in the film, which will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

Liu, 30, left China at the age of five and was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. He began acting in 2012.

The release date for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is slated for February 12, 2021. In addition to the film, Marvel also revealed The Eternals, starring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani, is set for release Nov. 6, 2020. It will also introduce the studio’s first deaf hero, played by Lauren Ridloff.

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