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Shang-Chi First Reactions: Fantastical, Full of Heart, and Blessed with Epic Action

Social reactions after the film's premiere say the latest MCU entry is surprisingly emotional and boasts incredible fight scenes, and it's way better than the trailers.

by | August 17, 2021 | Comments

Ready for another great Marvel movie? Of course, you are! The Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t had a Rotten entry in all its 13 years and 24 feature films, and the latest looks to continue the franchise’s tradition. From the Hollywood premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a handful of critics shared unanimous praise on social media for the story, action, performances, and more. Even some of the usually harsher reviewers were pleasantly surprised.

Here’s what critics are saying about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings:


Has Marvel done it again?

Shang-Chi is fantastic… Marvel has another hit on its hands.
– Kirsten Acuna, Insider

Shang-Chi is awesome… Bravo!
– Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com

Shang-Chi is an absolute triumph… Astounding.
– Drew Taylor, Collider

PHENOMENAL. Get hyped.
– Wendy Lee Szany, The Movie Couple


How does it compare to other movies in the MCU?

Shang-Chi is one of the best MCU films ever!!!!
John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor

Shang-Chi is like no Marvel movie you’ve seen.
Steve Weintraub, Collider

I liked Shang-Chi more than Black Widow. I said it.
Kirsten Acuna, Insider

This movie hits all that Marvel does well (pacing, humor, character) and adds action like we’ve never seen from the MCU before!
Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com

In many ways it feels like the least MCU movie of the MCU, and I think a lot of people will really love that. It’s a great standalone adventure/origin story.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Does it give us further hope for the franchise?

It is exactly the shot in the arm that Marvel and Disney needed.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes

This is the MCU back doing its thing on a high level again.
Aaron Neuwirth, We Live Entertainment

Director Destin Daniel Cretton brought something so fresh to the MCU. So much style and heart.
Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com

Love that it opens the door to a new world that I can’t wait to see more of.
Steve Weintraub, Collider

I’m excited to see how Shang-Chi fits into the future of this cinematic universe.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

Phase 4 is magical and mystical and I’m here for it. If Shang-Chi is the direction the next phase of the MCU is heading, bring on Eternals and Doctor Strange 2.
Kirsten Acuna, Insider


So Shang-Chi is even better than it looks?

Never expected it to be THIS good… Can’t believe how much I loved this movie.
John Campea, The John Campea Show

Didn’t expect to love it as much as I did!
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color

We are all pleasantly surprised.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment

Even I really liked it… I was so damn relieved.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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What if the trailer didn’t wow us?

Shang-Chi is a blast! Marvel delivers a wuxia/fantasy/superhero movie mash-up that’s a lot more fun than how the trailers have been selling it.
Aaron Neuwirth, We Live Entertainment

I thought the trailers looked awful. This film delivers the goods.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment

It’s much better than the trailers (lots of goodies unspoiled) and is unafraid to be weird and fantastical.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes

Wished the trailers didn’t give away two surprises in the film… but there’s so much in the film that isn’t in the Shang-Chi trailers that surprised me.
Kirsten Acuna, Insider


How is the action?

Some of the very best action in the MCU.
Drew Taylor, Collider

Shang-Chi has some of the best fight scenes of any MCU movie, sometimes thrilling, other times just stunningly beautiful.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

The action set pieces are STUNNERS. Choreography, cinematography, costume design, VFX – all on point and come together to make those fights MCU standouts.
Perri Nemiroff, Collider

The action is just absurdly epic.
Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com

The action scenes are simply spectacular, especially the train and skyscraper scene.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment

The filmmakers know how to capture the fight choreography with long takes and quick action. (No shaky cam!).
John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor

Every fight scene/action sequence is better than the last.
Wendy Lee Szany, The Movie Couple


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Will hardcore martial arts fans be impressed?

The fighting is another level.
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color

Best martial arts I’ve seen in a long time.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment

It’s full of INCREDIBLE, beautifully choreographed fight scenes and full of badass women.
Kirsten Acuna, Insider

Fight scenes are excellent and easy to follow.
Steve Weintraub, Collider

Almost as good [as The Raid] but can’t beat an R rated film that has a hardcore stunt crew. With that said, this blows [away] any fight scenes in any MCU movie.
John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor


How is the story?

Unexpectedly spiritual and emotionally complex.
Drew Taylor, Collider

Come for the killer fight scenes, dark mysticism, and martial arts mayhem, but stay for the thoughtful rumination on family, grief, and legacy.
Dan Casey, Nerdist

The family story is touching.
John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor

Expected a simple father/son conflict narrative and it’s so much bigger than that. Shang-Chi is a beautiful story about family, loss, and how our grief can blind and destroy us.
Kirsten Acuna, Insider

Shang-Chi is such a personal, family story at its core. That’s when it’s at its best.
Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com

Shang-Chi is part Shakespearean family tragedy, part mythological epic, part martial arts masterpiece. It is f***ing awesome.
John Campea, The John Campea Show


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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How is Simu Liu in the lead?

Simu Liu fully embraces the marvel superhero role.
Wendy Lee Szany, The Movie Couple

Simu Liu literally kicks so much ass and he is perfectly cast.
Steve Weintraub, Collider

Simu Liu is a legend. He nails the action sequences, brings the heart.
Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com

Get ready to know Simu Liu’s name if you don’t already.
Kirsten Acuna, Insider


Does he make a great team with Awkwafina?

Simu Liu and Awkwafina are a fantastic pairing.
Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

Simu Liu and Awkwafina are a great duo on the screen.
John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor

Simu Liu and Awkwafina are terrific.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment

Simu Liu has great timing with Awkwafina.
Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com

Shang and Katy are instant MCU all stars.
Aaron Couch, Hollywood Reporter

What a hugely charming duo I absolutely must see more of.
Perri Nemiroff, Collider


Are there any other standouts in the cast?

Tony Leung rules, of course.
Aaron Neuwirth, We Live Entertainment

Tony Leung is perfect as The Mandarin.
John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor

The whole cast is terrific! Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh are international treasures.
Dan Casey, Nerdist


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Does Shang-Chi honor Asian representation and culture?

To see so many Asian actors in an MCU movie made me feel so proud and happy. #RepresentationMatters.
Wendy Lee Szany, The Movie Couple

The movie’s myriad influences (everything from Jackie Chan to Hayao Miyazaki) pay off big time.
Drew Taylor, Collider


Are there any problems?

All I can say negative about the movie as a whole is that the second half isn’t as good as the first half but it’s still solid.
Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment

The third act is full of surprises but sometimes is a little crazier than is needed.
Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com


Should we stick around for any post-credits scenes?

The post credits are funny and exciting and sets up the future of the MCU.
John Nguyen, Nerd Reactor

The first after-the-credits scene is a great one.
Steve Weintraub, Collider

The Shang-Chi crowd was the most enthusiastic I have been with since Endgame. Couldn’t hear some of the post credit scene dialogue due to cheering.
Aaron Couch, Hollywood Reporter


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Will we want to see it again?

I can’t wait to see this film again.
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color

Can’t wait to watch again!
Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com

Can’t stop thinking about how much I already want to watch Shang-Chi again.
Wendy Lee Szany, The Movie Couple

When people ask me what I thought of a movie I always ask myself would I see the film again tomorrow. I would definitely watch Shang-Chi again tomorrow.
Steve Weintraub, Collider


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens in theaters on September 3, 2021.

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