Marvel is making historical past with its upcoming comedian e-book movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is able to function the studio’s first-ever Asian superhero. Shang-Chi, a personality created by Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart within the early 1970s within the midst of worldwide martial arts mania, has some odds stacked in opposition to him. He’s a personality steeped within the stereotypes of the time, and he’s a little-known superhero exterior of diehard Marvel Comics followers. However Chinese language-Canadian actor Simu Liu, who was introduced because the star of the extremely anticipated Marvel film at San Diego Comedian-Con this weekend, is greater than worthy of rising as much as the duty of bringing Shang-Chi into the trendy period.
Simu Liu might not be a family title Stateside, however the actor is a rising star in his house nation of Canada and a beloved determine within the Asian diaspora group due to his function within the hit sitcom Kim’s Comfort. Right here’s what it’s worthwhile to know.
Who’s Simu Liu?
Born in China and raised in Canada, Simu Liu might not be identified within the U.S., however he has been modestly making a reputation for himself on the opposite aspect of the border. Liu started appearing in 2012 after a short-lived profession in finance and accounting, getting further work within the CW collection Nikita and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim earlier than working as a stunt performer on NBC’s Heroes Reborn. He landed his first main function within the Canadian crime drama Blood and Water (and even landed just a few TV award nominations for it), however it wasn’t till Liu was forged as a co-lead within the sitcom Kim’s Comfort that he actually hit it large.
Because the estranged son of the titular Mr. Kim in Kim’s Comfort, Liu will get to be greater than the meathead hunk of the sitcom about an immigrant household working a comfort retailer within the Moss Park neighborhood of Toronto. Liu is effortlessly humorous and continuously shirtless, positive, however his character’s strained relationship along with his father (Paul Solar-Hyung Lee) is the central dynamic of the sitcom and presents a bit of extra depth to a collection in regards to the household’s office shenanigans. Liu’s Jung Kim is a struggling 20-something who works as an assistant supervisor at a rental automotive firm, and progressively reconnects along with his father all through the collection, aided by his mom and sister. However Liu will get to stretch his chops within the romance division as effectively (although it’s unsure whether or not Shang-Chi will likely be dabbling in romance in any respect), with a candy will-they-won’t-they plotline along with his coworker.
In Kim’s Comfort, Liu is a charismatic and oh-so-dreamy main man within the making, and his comedy roots will probably help him immensely as a Marvel superhero.
A Handy Alternative for Shang-Chi
Kim’s Comfort is a significant hit in Canada, the success of which unfold to the Asian-American group as soon as the collection made its worldwide debut on Netflix in 2018. It turned a minor sensation among the many Asian-American group — I’ve misplaced depend of the variety of relations and buddies who’ve requested me whether or not I’ve watched Kim’s Comfort. Due to that, Liu has a fairly good standing amongst millennial Asian-Individuals, which has been aided by his work with the favored Asian-American digital firm Wong Fu Productions.
With Liu’s casting, Marvel continues its apply of turning comedy actors into superhero heartthrobs — simply take a look at Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, and within the supporting character realm, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. It’s paid off in spades for each Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, as each franchises have a humorous streak working by way of them. For Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, it’s unsure whether or not director Destin Daniel Cretton will draw on Liu’s comedy roots, however because it’s a Marvel film, we are able to assume it would have its tongue firmly planted in its cheek.