“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” simply put, is a phenomenal film. I will dive into why in a minute, but let me first give some background context. 

I saw “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on its release date. It’s usually a tradition I try to do with all Marvel movies and superhero movies ever since I saw “The Amazing Spider-man” at midnight in 2012 and most recently “The Suicide Squad.” 

Maybe it’s the fact that I like being able to talk about the movie first or maybe I’m just so excited to see the movies after the trailers that I can’t wait for more than a day after it officially comes out. 

I need to point out that I am a huge Marvel fan. Not the type that just started getting into it once it became popular after the Marvel Cinematic Universe began to grow. I’m the type that’s been here before that. I’ve been there for the flop Hulk movie, the comics, and the bullying it brought on for liking them. 

Before diving into the movie, let’s talk about the significance of it. This was Marvel’s first solo film led by an Asian hero. The plot heavily follows Chinese culture which I think is really amazing because everyone deserves to see someone that looks like them making it on the big screen. 

Now let’s look at the cast. I don’t think the casting directors could have done a better job. They had a few bigger names like Simu Liu (“Kim’s Convenience”) and Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”), but there were also some lesser-known actors that fit the bill. 

The beginning of the film travels from present time in San Francisco to flashbacks in China. The backstory of the ten rings may be the most interesting backstories out of all the Marvel movies. 

Back in the present time there is an eye-catching fight scene in a bus. This was by far one of my favorite parts of the movie. You get to really see how powerful Shaun is even without the rings and the shock on the faces of everyone on the bus is great too. 

But the film is not all action, it’s about family and friendship and loyalty. It’s about living up to your potential and escaping your destiny. It’s about choices. 

The film isn’t so much so a typical Marvel movie full of comedy like say “Thor Ragnarok”. It’s there, but there are more important elements at play in the film. 

Also, the choice of the villain being Shaun’s father was great. You somewhat feel for him because of what he’s gone through and the reason why he’s doing what he’s doing. 

It’s been breaking box office records (pandemic time) and receiving mostly favorable reviews. And rightfully so, I would see it again right now if I could. 

And let’s not forget the post credit scenes that feature some of your favorite Avengers. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, I highly suggest it. Of course, stay safe, but I think you would enjoy seeing the film. I give it a solid 10/10. 

Story: Madelyn Myer