Simu Liu thinks that he is being kept of of discussions and planning for Shang-Chi 2 because of how other Marvel actors have handled things in the past by not keeping secrets.
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Marvel Studios is one of those entertainment companies that wants to keep their plans regarding sequels, spin-offs, and the like very close to the chest. But what if some of those closest to the company were privileged to hear about the future of their roles and their projects while others are not? Simu Liu believes that he’s being kept in the dark about Shang-Chi 2 because of his two fellow actors, Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo.
Simu Liu went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to talk about the possibility of Shang-Chi 2. He said that while he assumes Marvel would’ve told him about the sequel, which has been greenlit already, other actors spoil things about their own projects. He jokingly blamed Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo, who respectively play Spider-Man and Hulk, for him being left out of talks about whether there is any more room for Shang-Chi in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Look, I feel like there may have been a day and age where they brought the actors in and they were like, ‘Hey buddy, here’s everything that’s gonna happen,’ but I just feel like there were certain things that ruined that happened that ruined it for all of us,” Simu Liu jokes to Jimmy Fallon about Shang-Chi 2. “I don’t want to single anybody out, but shout out to Holland. Shout out to Ruffalo. Really just mucked it up for the rest of us. So no, we have no idea.”
Simu Liu was referring to the infamous incident of Mark Ruffalo revealing information at the 2017 premiere of Thor: Ragnorak, according to ComicBook.com. He was live-streaming the premiere on Instagram and put his phone in his pocket while the camera was still rolling, which allowed his fans to listen in on the first 20 minutes of the movie. While the rest of the spoilers were played off in a joking matter after, fans were left looking through the comments with a fine-toothed comb to see if Ruffalo spoiled any plot points of other MCU movies in the interviews he sat in leading up to their debut.
Tom Holland, on the other hand, is more aware of when he reveals information about his upcoming Spider-Man films to the public, as he often corrects himself right after the fact. Four years ago, he said that the future of Peter Parker and Spider-Man would be explored in two more films, but fans had no idea that those two films, Spider-Man: Far From Home and Spider-Man: No Way Home, were already confirmed to be in production. The title for the latter film wasn’t revealed until February of this year.
Simu Liu isn’t the first MCU actor to get upset over Marvel’s secrecy practices. Josh Brolin criticized the studio last month for writing the scripts for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, where he portrayed Thanos, to be a little different from the comics, which baffled him and the other actors on set. He said the producers kept the scriptwriting and filmmaking process a secret until after the movies premiered. Dune director Denis Villeneuve went a little bit further, saying that the studio used a copy and paste format for all of its films that zombified audiences and kept them coming back for more, much to the anger of MCU fans.