“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows martial arts master Shang-Chi on a journey that leads him to face his past and his delusional father. It takes inspiration from old martial arts movies and Chinese fairy tales and blends the two together concisely.
The movie excels at building up its heroes and action, going from small scale street fights to possible world ending scenarios sets up the cast for flashy fights and edge-of-your-seat suspense, with a little of that MCU charm to top it all off.
For starters, this movie is a truly unique addition to the MCU. Its worldbuilding is quite imaginative and sets itself apart from the other films like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Doctor Strange” did. The choreography was off the charts in this movie as well, the action sequences are some of the most fun to watch in the entire MCU.
The Ten Rings are an absolute joy to see in action. Currently, they’re my favorite weapons in the MCU. The amount of potential they have is immense and seeing them in action is eye candy. To say they’re versatile is an understatement, and I can’t wait to see more.
There’s not much I didn’t like about this movie, but I will say I thought the Ten Rings were slightly underutilized in the movie’s climax. There also could be an argument that the movie’s plot was “all over the place” due to pacing, but it does a good job of getting the viewer from place to place without dwelling on itself for too long.
Overall, “Shang-Chi” is a fantastic addition to the already expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I’m excited to see what Marvel Studios will do with upcoming films regarding new characters.