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Simu Liu reveals mental health struggles a year after ‘Shang-Chi’ debut

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  • Simu Liu took to Instagram to share the mental health struggles he’s faced since debuting as the MCU superhero Shang-chi on the one-year anniversary of the movie.
  • “It’s been nothing short of the absolute best ride… but after having some time to reflect I know that this life also comes at a massive cost,” wrote Liu.
  • Liu revealed that he’s in therapy to prioritize his mental health and is on the path to becoming “a good and decent man.”

On the one-year anniversary of Simu Liu’s debut as the MCU superhero Shang-Chi, the actor took to Instagram to celebrate the role while opening up about the mental health challenges he has faced since being catapulted into international stardom. 

Liu began the post by acknowledging the major impact that the movie, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” has had on his life. 

‘Shang-Chi’ director Destin Daniel Cretton to helm the next ‘Avengers’ film

  • Destin Daniel Cretton has been tapped to direct the first of the next two “Avengers” films which were announced over the weekend at Comic-Con: “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” followed by “Avengers: Secret Wars.”
  • Slated for release in 2025, the two films will close out Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Little has been revealed about the plot for either film, but Jonathan Majors already made his debut as Kang, the villainous ruler of the multiverse, in Disney Plus’ “Loki.”

Director Destin Daniel Cretton has been tasked with assembling the Avengers once again. 

Marvel announced two new Avengers movies set for release in 2025 during their panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con over the weekend: “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” which is scheduled for May 2, and “Avengers: Secret Wars” on Nov. 7.

He walked so Shang-Chi could run: How James Hong created a space for Asian American actors when there was none

  • It is fitting that the multiverse-spanning “Everything Everywhere All At Once” features one of the most ubiquitous actors in Hollywood history — James Hong.
  • The sheer multiplicity of roles Hong has played throughout his seven-decade-long career can be attributed to his unyielding resilience and dedication to his craft.Hong also faced racial discrimination throughout the early stages of his career, with one incident costing him a major co-starring role.
  • The dearth of major roles for Asian actors burdened Hong and many of his contemporaries, so they created their own in the form of a theater organization.
  • At 93 years old, Hong’s acting career is still going strong. Just this year, he has appeared in two of the year's biggest films: “Turning Red” and “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”

It is fitting that the multiverse-spanning “Everything Everywhere All at Once” features one of the most ubiquitous actors in Hollywood history — James Hong.

Even if you have never heard of his name, chances are you will recognize one of his performances, ranging from evil sorcerers to CGI geese in over 650 film and television credits. The sheer multiplicity of roles Hong has played throughout his seven-decade-long career can be attributed to his unyielding resilience and dedication to his craft.

Fala Chen says she is only offered Chinese-speaking character roles since ‘Shang-Chi’ success

  • Following her role as Ying Li in Marvel’s 2021 hit “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Chinese American actor Fala Chen, 40, revealed she is still being typecast by being offered roles for Asian characters who can only speak Chinese.
  • “After Shang-Chi, we're getting more calls about me playing an Asian character who speaks only Chinese," Chen told AsiaOne on Tuesday. “I feel like I personally, as a human being, have a lot more to give. So it does feel like we're constantly fighting against that."
  • Before appearing in “Shang-Chi,” Chen was already an established star in Hong Kong television, most notably known for her roles in series such as “Steps” (2007) and “Triumph in the Skies II” (2013).
  • On being typecast, Chen told AsiaOne that she “would always have this feeling, like 'Why did they cast me in this particular role?’” She also mentioned that she “has been made to feel like a token Chinese or Asian before.”
  • “It does feel like there's still a limit to a lot of people's imagination [on] what an actor is capable of beyond the color of their skin,” Chen was quoted as saying.

After starring in Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Chinese American actor Fala Chen shared that she is still being typecast for potential movies and TV series.

Responding to reporters’ questions on Tuesday for the HBO limited series “Irma Vep,” Chen, 40, revealed that following her role as Ying Li in “Shang-Chi,” she has been offered roles for Asian characters who can only speak Chinese.

‘Shang-Chi’ star Meng’er Zhang to play a ‘fierce huntress’ in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Season 3

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  • Netflix announced on Thursday that its hit fantasy drama series “The Witcher” would return for its third season with several new cast members, including actor Meng’er Zhang from “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
  • Meng’er Zhang played Shang-Chi’s estranged younger sister Xialing in the Marvel film, wowing crowds with her powerful moves and fierce determination to survive at all costs.
  • “The Witcher” series, which is based on Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s books by the same name, follows the journey of monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, and his quest to serve as crown princess Ciri of Cintra’s protector.
  • According to “The Witcher” official Twitter account, Zhang will play character Milva, a “human adopted by the dryads of Brokilon Forest” who is “a fierce and talented huntress.”

Netflix announced on Thursday that its hit fantasy drama series “The Witcher” would return for its third season with several new cast members, including actor Meng’er Zhang from “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” 

Meng’er Zhang played Shang-Chi’s estranged younger sister Xialing in the Marvel film, wowing crowds with her powerful moves and fierce determination to survive at all costs. 

Simu Liu will not sign ‘offensive’ Shang-Chi comic books at upcoming event

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“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu is set to attend The ACE Experience at comic convention Awesome Con alongside his co-stars Meng’er Zhang and Florian Munteanu, but fans must take note of some rules put in place for the signing event.

According to an ACE announcement, Liu, Zhang and Munteanu will be available for celebrity photo ops and in-person autographs on June 4 at Awesome Con at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The announcement also noted, however, that the actors would not be signing any comic books deemed offensive, particularly Marvel Comics’ original “Shang-Chi” run from 1974-83.

‘Don’t you dare take that’: Simu Liu begged ‘Shang-Chi’ producers to let him keep Shaun’s rare Air Jordan 4s

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu begged the film production team to allow him to keep the rare Air Jordan 4s worn as a part of his character Shaun’s wardrobe, purportedly leading security to follow him around the set to make sure he did not steal the sneakers.

Liu wore a pair of the rare “Georgetown” colorways of Nike’s Air Jordan 4 shoes in scenes nearing the end of the 2021 Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” The actor, a sneakerhead, told Complex in an interview of his desire to keep the sneakers from the set’s wardrobe. 

What’s next after ‘Shang-Chi’?: 16 Asian-led movies and shows to look forward to in 2022

The year 2021 was a pivotal one for Asian representation in entertainment.

“Shang-Chi” kicked ass as the first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both Laura Jean and Devi discovered young love in the Netflix hits “To All the Boys: Always and Forever” and “Never Have I Ever.” “Squid Game” led just about every viewer across the globe to lose their marbles as they discovered a new appreciation for foreign shows. And every other month, it seemed like a new K-drama was popping up on Netflix’s Top 10 list.