Getting into a major franchise can take a lot for anyone. We have heard stories of actors giving one another advice, like Christian Bale telling Robert Pattinson the secret to a good Batman costume. Now, talking to Variety, Simu Liu, set to star in the titular role for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, reveals what he was told by Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston.
The Shang-Chi actor revealed that this bit of advice was given to him during San Diego Comic-Con 2019 when he was announced to take on the role. Hiddleston told Liu to accept and adapt to the fame that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will grant him. As his example, if he were to go to an island, people will still recognize him.
The other part of what Tom Hiddleston told the Shang-Chi star is that he needs to enjoy it while enjoying the good, even with “all of the other stuff.” Outside of getting disrupted when on vacation, plenty of perks will arrive for Simu Liu, like his career exploding and getting to be a part of the biggest franchise in the world.
With Shang-Chi not out yet until September, Liu has been welcomed into the superhero-filled universe by his fellow superhero actors. He mentioned that everyone he has spoken to has been friendly. He described it that he is “joining a beautiful family.”
Liu has proven to be quite a fan of all things Marvel-related. He recently posted a selfie of him next to a poster for Shang-Chi with a big smile.
Back in 2018, before he was announced, he called out Marvel about whether or not they will talk about Shang-Chi. Fast forward a year later; he replied to his own tweet when he was announced by writing, “Well shit.”
Shang-Chi will explore the Ten Rings; a criminal organization first brought to the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in the beginning with Iron Man. Now we get to see the leader and father of the protagonist as his son has to tackle the thought of who his father is and find where he wants to stand in the world.
Outside of Liu as Shang-Chi, the film will star Tony Chiu-Wai Leung (Lust, Caution) as the villainous father, Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), and Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians). It is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) and written by himself, Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984), and Andrew Lanham (The Shack).
Phase Four and the rest of Marvel’s future will focus on delivering a more diverse cast of actors to the screen with a diverse crew to assist in making these superheroes come to life. With Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as the first Asian hero in the universe, he opens the door for what’s to come. Besides him, Eternals will introduce the first deaf, open gay relationship, and several people of color from different backgrounds. In addition, in the upcoming Disney Plus series that will release later this year, Ms. Marvel will give audiences the first on-screen Muslim character.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings releases in theaters on September 3.