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Simu Liu AMA reveals how Benedict Cumberbatch’s touch was like that of a ‘supportive but also sexy father’

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Actor Simu Liu announced on Twitter that he would be hosting a special AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit on Tuesday, just days away from the release of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

The thread attracted over 5,000 comments and over 54,000 upvotes, revealing a lot of interesting information about the new Marvel superhero and Liu himself.

Marvel made an internal list of Asian stereotypes to destroy in ‘Shang-Chi’ film

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“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is setting out to undo the source material’s racist past by challenging its harmful Asian stereotypes.

Shang-Chi’s problematic origins: Created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin, the character of Shang-Chi was among Marvel Comics’ efforts in capitalizing on the Kung-Fu craze in the U.S. during the ‘70s.

Simu Liu confesses he cheated on the ‘Marvel Diet’ because Asians just eat better

Simu Liu confessed in an exclusive interview that he didn’t stick to the “Marvel diet” during filming and that the food was better while working with an all-Asian cast.

The “Marvel diet”: Liu began training to get the “Marvel body” from the moment he was cast and spent six months practicing martial arts. He also did strength and conditioning workouts in order to be in good enough physical shape to survive the “grueling” ten months of shooting.

New Marvel actor Meng’er Zhang talks about punching Simu Liu’s face

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In an exclusive interview, Meng’er Zhang, the Chinese actor who plays Shang-Chi’s sister Xialiang, shared that she didn’t know she was auditioning for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and ended up punching Simu Liu in the face on set.

Landing the role: Zhang told NextShark she wasn’t aware she was auditioning for a Marvel movie. She sent her self-tapes after seeing the audition call in a group chat.

‘We are not an experiment’: ‘Shang-Chi’ star Simu Liu responds to Disney CEO Bob Chapek

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Actor Simu Liu has responded to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who called “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” an “interesting experiment” in a recent comment. 

Test for moviegoers: On Thursday, Chapek confirmed that the upcoming Marvel Studios film would be released with 45 days of theatrical exclusivity, amid the current increase in COVID-19 infections in the U.S. and other parts of the world, reported The Wrap.

Tilda Swinton Says ‘Questionable Decision’ to Email Margaret Cho Over ‘Doctor Strange’ Whitewashing Was ‘Naive, Confusing’

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Tilda Swinton revealed she is “very, very grateful” for Kevin Feige commenting on the whitewashing controversy for her character The Ancient One in the 2016 movie “Doctor Strange.”

The details: The 60-year-old Scottish actress reflected on the casting decision to play the controversial role in an interview with Variety.

Simu Liu Shares Official ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer in Subtle Asian Traits, Fans ‘100% Hyped’


Marvel released the official trailer for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and fans are expressing their hype on Simu Liu’s Facebook post and on Twitter.

The trailer: The superhero film trailer featured Simu Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Dallas Liu and Awkwafina in a series of action-packed scenes that will premiere only in theaters on Sept. 3.

NY Times Bestselling Author Becomes the First South Asian Woman to Write ‘Ms. Marvel’

Samira Ahmed, a New York Times bestselling YA (Young Adult) author, makes history as the first South Asian woman to write a comic book series for “Ms. Marvel.”

The announcement: The new series, titled “Ms. Marvel: Beyond The Limit,” will be penned by Ahmed and illustrated by “Runaways” artist Andrés Genolet, Marvel announced on Thursday.

Marvel Reveals Filipino American Version of Captain America

Marvel’s latest Captain America-inspired superhero — a female Filipino American college student named Ari Agbayani — will make her debut in an upcoming issue of the limited series “The United States of Captain America.” 

In the series: Steve Rogers looks for his stolen shield across the U.S. with the help of former Captain Americas such as John Walker, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, according to Rappler.

‘China Captain’ Accused of Copying Marvel Films, Features Chinese Folklore and Bruce Lee

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“China Captain,” a new film released on the Tencent Video streaming platform, is receiving heavy criticism from social media users for being too similar to Marvel’s “Avengers.”

Movie details: “China Captain” features different Chinese mythical figures, including Monkey King, monk Ji Gong and the late martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, according to Straits Times.