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‘Shang-Chi’ Premieres in Hollywood to Stellar First Reviews

Hey Hollywooders! What’s Good in the ‘Wood?

While Marvel’s latest movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is set to hit movie theaters on September 3, it held its world premiere in Hollywood on Monday, August 16. Attendees have been raving about the film ever since, saying that Shang-Chi has spectacular action sequences and that the movie opens up a whole new world in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Let’s take a look inside Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ premiere and what reviewers are saying about the film!

Inside Shang-Chi’s Hollywood Premiere

Marvel held the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings premiere in Hollywood at both the El Capitan Theatre and the TCL Chinese Theatre (both theaters featured in our LA movie theater guide!). The red carpet was filled with cast members, Marvel fans, and other Hollywood stars.

Simu Liu made his debut as Shang-Chi donning a silk kimono tux and a Ben Baller Buddha necklace. In a post he shared on Instagram, Simu Liu wrote:

Our two-year journey has culminated in a moment of triumph and celebration. What a privilege it has been to work on this movie- directed by the incredible [Destin Daniel Cretton], featuring the talented work of over 3000 people-and to be surrounded every day by such positivity and joy.”

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Awkwafina, who plays Katy in the film, stunned in a 2-piece beige suit paired with a bright red crop-top. Speaking with Marvel, Awkwafina said, “I feel really just lucky that I was able to be a part of a movie like this and the cast is amazing as the world will see.”

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Shang-Chi’s cast and crew members who were also in attendance included director Destin Daniel Cretton, Benedict Wong (Wong), Jayden Zheng (young Shang-Chi), Fala Chen (Jiang Li), Meng’er Zhang (Xialing), and producer Kevin Feige.

The red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard was lined with Shang-Chi posters and even had a costume that Simu Liu wore in the film! Other Hollywood stars who attended the premiere included Jon M. Chu, Swae Lee, and Jhené Aiko.

Fans are raving in the first reviews of the Shang-Chi movie

Many reviewers, social media accounts, and content creators were invited to attend Shang-Chi’s Hollywood premiere, giving fans at home some insight as to what we can expect from the film.

Beyond The Trailer host, Grace Randolph, shared her thoughts on the film, saying that it is one of Marvel’s best.

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In a TikTok post, creators Juju (Straw_Hat_Goofy) and Coy Jandreau said that Marvel “reinvents the wheel” with this film and advised viewers to stay for BOTH end credits scenes.

@straw_hat_goofyThe Marvel loving fast-talking legend himself @coyjandreau Thanks for having us @marvelstudios♬ original sound – Juju

Singer Kevin Woo was invited to the premiere and took to Twitter to commend the film’s action, casting, and representation.

TikTok account Supes said that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has the best action we’ve seen in a Marvel film and that Shang-Chi is already one of his favorite characters!

@supesMy thoughts on Shang-Chi!? #supes #marvel #mcu #movie #shangchi #review♬ Skate – Trees and Lucy

Greg Alba of The Reel Rejects on YouTube praised the film’s cast, but said that 1 actor, in particular, stood out for him: My favorite out of the whole cast has to have been Tony Leung as The Mandarin in the movie. He brought such pathos to the role and every time he was on screen I thought he stole the show. 

What is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings about?

All of this hype surrounding Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings might have you wondering what the film is about. According to Marvel, “Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.”

In an April 19 Instagram post, Simu Liu wrote: “Shang Chi is more than just a movie – it is a celebration of [Asian] culture and a rallying cry for the forgotten, the unseen, and the overlooked.” He said “it’s also going to deliver superhero action like you have NEVER. SEEN. BEFORE.”

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What are the Ten Rings you might ask? In the trailer, the Ten Rings appear to give powers to whoever uses them. The Ten Rings were a product of a dragon-like race and were initially used as a power source. The Mandarin (Shang-Chi’s father, played by Tony Leung) has discovered how to make the rings respond to his commands, which is how we see them in the trailer.

In contrast to his father, Shang-Chi’s powers lie in hand-to-hand combat and he is known in Marvel Comics as the “Master of Kung Fu.” It can be expected that this is what brings some of the intense action sequences that reviewers have been applauding.

We can hardly wait to see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in theaters on September 3. Be sure to check back then to see our review of the film!

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