It seems quite unlikely that Chinese censors will approve of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, after a few comments from its protagonist.
As we pointed out almost a month ago in Hobbyconsolas, Marvel may lose the status of being the studio with the highest grossing films in the world this year since all its premieres are having serious difficulties to reach one of the largest markets of the moment: China.
Well, even though Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings It has been done trying to respect the Chinese culture as much as possible, the characters speak a very careful Mandarin and its protagonist is of Chinese origin, a comment from several years ago by Simu Liu could jeopardize its debut in the communist country.
As posted Deadline, in the last days a comment made by Liu in 2017 is running through Chinese social networks, during an interview on Canadian radio, the country where he was born, CBC, in which he describes China as a “third world” country where “people are starving,” according to accounts told by their own parents of Chinese origin.
That is to say, some appreciations that the censors of the Asian country who already had their doubts regarding Shang-Chi as they did not like the way the studio had portrayed their culture in the film.
If Shang-Chi is not finally released in China, it is another setback for Marvel, which has not yet managed to release Black widow in the cinemas of the Asian giant and that He will not be able to launch The Eternals on the big screen either, since its director Chloe Zhao is considered persona non-grata in his own country for comments he also made about his situation.
Thus Marvel loses the opportunity in 2021 to bill in one of the largest markets of the moment that, on other occasions, has managed to save films that were about to fail, only with the collection achieved in its cinemas.