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‘Mandarin is not an easy language’: Simu Liu explains his criticism of ‘Moon Knight’

  • Simu Liu further explained his criticism against Ethan Hawke’s character’s use of Mandarin in “Moon Knight.”
  • “I think there’s maybe a misconception that Marvel is this kind of monolithic, all-powerful single organism with infinite resources,” Liu told GQ.
  • “I have full appreciation for the fact that Mandarin is not an easy language. I didn’t want to make it into a big political thing,” he added.
  • The Chinese Canadian actor has been vocal about Asian representation in the entertainment industry.
  • In March, the actor refused to sign Marvel comics that contain offensive material, such as the “Masters of Kung-Fu” series in which Shang-Chi first makes his appearance.

Simu Liu further explained the criticism he made against Ethan Hawke’s character’s use of Mandarin in the Disney Plus series “Moon Knight.”

“I think there’s maybe a misconception that Marvel is this kind of monolithic, all-powerful single organism with infinite resources,” Liu told GQ earlier this month. “I think that it’s easy to allocate the blame to Marvel as a whole. If you really break it down, there was a translator that probably shouldn’t have been a translator. There were probably a couple of people in the decision-making process that should have raised a flag that didn’t.”

‘Moon Knight’ director Mohamed Diab responds to Simu Liu’s criticism of the show’s Mandarin

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  • “Moon Knight” director Mohamed Diab has responded to Simu Liu’s criticism over the show’s poor Mandarin pronunciation in its second episode.
  • The Marvel star, along with several other Mandarin speakers, reacted negatively to the incomprehensible Mandarin dialogue spoken by Ethan Hawke’s character Arthur Harrow.
  • “Alright Arthur Harrow needs to fire his Mandarin teacher,” Liu tweeted on April 9.
  • In a recent statement, Diab claimed that he spoke with Liu about his tweet: “I actually told him, ‘Thank you for pointing that out.’ We had an expert, and we tried to do our best. But you know what? Next time, we're going to do better.”

In response to Simu Liu’s criticism of the incomprehensible Mandarin spoken in the hit Disney Plus show “Moon Knight,” filmmaker Mohamed Diab has committed to “do better.”

The action-packed series, which stars Oscar Isaac as the titular Marvel hero, has been generally well-received by viewers and critics alike.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Directors Say Keanu Reeves Playing Moon Knight is ‘A Good Call’

It’s no secret that Marvel has been looking for ways to bring fan-favorite actor Keanu Reeves into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, it has always been unclear as to what role the “John Wick” actor would play.

Recently, “Avengers: Endgame” co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo have suggested that the character of the Moon Knight would be a fitting role for Reeves to portray in the MCU.