Wanna watch Kevin Feige defend Shang-Chi to China? Look no further. The Marvel boss is promoting the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and was interviewed (in English) by a Chinese reporter. I genuinely think it needs to be seen in full, so no transcript here. For me, Feige feels slightly outside his normal comfort zone in this interview. If anything I think I can see some frustration at certain points. Feige is also a lot more forthcoming with some story aspects than he ever would normally be before a film in his attempts to counter some of the criticisms.
When I say criticism I mean the kind of criticism that have been coming out of China before the movie is even released. Whilst the interviewer does not always phrase his questions as criticism, I think Feige is fully aware of some of the negative buzz around the movie. To give you an idea of what to expect, Feige has to explain that Fu Manchu is not a Marvel character and is not present in any form in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This is in response to a direct question about the racial stereotype that is the Fu Manchu character. By doing so he gives far more away about Wenwu than he normally would.
Feige is also asked pretty much why he chose unknown Simu Liu instead of a big name Chinese actor? Feige has to explain that Marvel Studios have rarely gone for the big name. It’s always about who is best for the role. Honestly, this feels like a tough shift for Feige here. So check it out below for yourself, it’s intriguing.
As per the title, I feel like I just watched Kevin Feige defend Shang-Chi to China. Frankly, I think Feige did an excellent job in the circumstances. Then, I never quite understood much of the criticism to begin with. So maybe how I feel it went in this case is irrelevant?
Leave your own thoughts below. Are you excited to see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings?