‘Shang-Chi:’ What to Make of That After-Credits Scene
[This story contains spoilers for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as well as the 2020 and 2021 Shang-Chi comic books from Marvel.] At the end of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, audiences are left with a cliffhanger that feels taylor-made for a sequel or a Disney+ series. Xialing (Meng’ er Zhang) […]At the end of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, audiences are left with a cliffhanger that feels taylor-made for a sequel or a Disney+ series. Xialing (Meng’ er Zhang) has taken over the Ten Rings, the organization her father Wenwu (Tony Leung) built over thousands of years and never allowed her to participate in.
© Kevin Winter/Getty Images Destin Daniel Cretton speaks at a special screening of "Shang-Chi" at El Capitan Theatre on September 2, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
- Director Destin Daniel Cretton told his agent to never let him work on a Marvel movie.
- Then he learned Marvel was searching for a director for "Shang-Chi."
- Cretton was honest and shared that with Marvel, knowing it could hurt his chance at directing.
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"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" director Destin Daniel Cretton had a big decision to make when met with Marvel Studios about potentially working on the now record-breaking hit.
“Now That’s An Avenger:” How Simu Liu Became Shang-Chi
In July 2019, Marvel Studios introduced 6,500 screaming fans to Simu Liu, who just days earlier had been secretly cast as the lead of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. “He went on stage and started speaking Mandarin and had a billion dollar smile,” recalled Shang-Chi screenwriter Dave Callaham of that moment at […]“He went on stage and started speaking Mandarin and had a billion dollar smile,” recalled Shang-Chi screenwriter Dave Callaham of that moment at San Diego Comic-Con. “[Marvel’s] Victoria Alonso came up to me afterwards at the after-party. She put her hand on my shoulder. ‘Now that’s an Avenger.
Should he just be himself or be the person he thought Marvel wanted him to be during their meeting? He decided to just be himself, even if it meant it may cost him working on the studio's first film to feature a prominently Asian cast and superhero.
"I did have a giant, personal fear of stepping into a movie like this," director Destin Daniel Cretton told press, including Insider, in August during a virtual press conference for "Shang-Chi."
"When I pitched to [Marvel Studios' president] Kevin [Feige]... I just told myself, I'm just going to be myself. I have a tendency to be pressured to not be myself," Cretton said, before deciding, "I'm just going to be myself in this pitch and walk out feeling good that I did that." © Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios Destin Daniel Cretton (far left) is seen on the set of "Shang-Chi" with star Simu Liu (far right). Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios
There was one moment during their conversation where he reached a crossroads about how to respond to a particular question.
'Shang-Chi' blasts Labor Day records with $71.4M debut
NEW YORK (AP) — On what's traditionally one of the sleepiest weekends at the movies, the Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" smashed the record for Labor Day openings with an estimated $71.4 million in ticket sales, giving a box office reeling from the recent coronavirus surge a huge lift heading into the fall season. The Friday-to-Sunday gross for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," Marvel's first film led by anThe Friday-to-Sunday gross for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," Marvel's first film led by an Asian superhero, ranks as one of the best debuts of the pandemic, trailing only the previous Marvel film, “Black Widow” ($80.3 million in July). Overseas, it pulled in $56.
"They asked me, 'Have you always wanted to do a big Marvel movie?'" Cretton said, unsure in the moment if he should be upfront and honest.
He decided to take a risk and do just that.
"The truth was it was a few weeks before they announced that they were looking for a director for this movie that I made a very real decision and called my agent and said, 'Don't ever let me do a Marvel movie,'" Cretton recalled as the rest of the cast sitting alongside him during the press conference started to laugh. © Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Destin Daniel Cretton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Meng'er Zhang, Simu Liu, and Awkwafina were all part of the "Shang-Chi" press conference hosted by cast member Ronny Chieng. Marvel Studios
Cretton said he admitted that to Feige and a few other producers, including Victoria Alonso and Louis D'Esposito as he made his pitch for the film.
"I explained to them when they made the announcement for 'Shang-Chi' something sparked in me that made me have to go in and just take a meeting and that turned into this," Cretton said. "When I was in the elevator going down, leaving that meeting, I thought, 'You're an idiot' for saying that final thing."
Sunny Hostin's Son and More Celeb Teenagers Starting College in 2021
Major milestone! Candace Cameron Bure, Ree Drummond and more celebrity parents sent their teens off to college in 2021. The Fuller House alum, 45, was “very sad” that she couldn’t drop her youngest son, Maksim, off at his school, she told her Instagram followers on August 22. “I had to just drop him off at LAX, and I’m getting no sympathy from someone.” The actress panned over to her husband, Valeri Bure, who said that American kids are “soft.” The former professional ice hockey player explained, “He’s 19 years old, by the way. I moved from Russia to U.S. by myself. I was 16 or 17. My mom didn’t drop me off, by the way.” While Candace acknowledged that children do have to “grow up,” she said she was “still sad” and asked, “Who’s with me?” The Full House alum, who also shares daughter Natasha, 23, and son Lev, 21, with the athlete, went on to joke about her 19-year-old not calling her when he landed. “But I just called him, and he landed safe and sound, and we FaceTimed,” the Dancing With the Stars alum said via Instagram Stories. “And someone’s picking him up from the airport, and he’s sleeping on someone’s couch. I don’t know! It’s the college life, right?” As for Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, 52, penned a sweet farewell to her son Bryce on August 16 after dropping him off at the University of North Texas.
Cretton said he later had a conversation with his friend and "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler in which he gave him some advice about entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Black Panther," which was released in 2018, became the first comic-book movie to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.
"I was scared of stepping into a big studio movie like this and scared of what it might do to me," Cretton said of the pressure he anticipated for "Shang-Chi." "Will I cave? I had a lot of fears." © Marvel Studios Shang-Chi faces off against his father, Wenwu, in "Shang-Chi." Marvel Studios
"The thing that Ryan said to me, which really eased my mind was, 'The pressure is hard. It'll be the hardest thing, potentially, that you have done up to this point, but none of that pressure or none of those complications come from the people that you're working with or for.'"
Cretton said that was true, adding: "This is a very special place to work where - not to toot Kevin's horn - but there is an environment of curiosity, of exploration that comes from the top down. There's no fear-based mentality in this studio, which has really allowed us to take risks. and chances and be able to instill that same fearless exploration with everybody involved in this film and I think that's a huge reason that the movie turned out the way that it did."
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We spoke to production designer Sue Chan and fight coordinator Andy Cheng about the bus scene in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."Out of all of them, the most-hyped one is easily the bus sequence - flashes of Simu Liu's Shang-Chi swinging through the San Francisco bus interior has been scattered throughout all of the movie's trailers and promotional material.
© Marvel Studios Ronny tells everyone to go see "Shang-Chi." Marvel Studios
In its opening 4-day weekend, "Shang-Chi," grossed $90 million, setting a Labor Day box-office record on what's typically a slower weekend.
"Shang-Chi" is currently in theaters, starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Meng'er Zhang, and Michelle Yeoh. You can read our review here.
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