The Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to expand in the next coming years as it brings fresh and diverse faces in the fold. One prominent character that we will get to meet is the MCU’s first Asian superhero in the form of Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings. The titular character is set to be played by Simu Liu while the film’s villain, the Mandarin, will be played by Hong Kong legend, Tony Leung.
The film is set to explore the Ten Rings organization who is in the background since Iron Man and it will be intriguing how the movie will address the laughable twist in Iron Man 3 that had fans divided. Director Dustin Cretton opened up about the portrayal of the character and explained why Leung is the perfect choice as the leader of the Ten Rings.
I think [Tony Leung] brings a humanity that we need for that character. We are not looking to contribute any more to the Asian stereotypes that we have seen both in cinema and pop culture. We’re hoping to just show some different sides to both Asian-Americans and Chinese-Americans and Mainland Chinese characters. Tony is such an incredible actor and I’m excited to have him help us break some of those stereotypes because that villain could easily become a punchline.
Bringing a sense of humanity for a villain is definitely intriguing and fans can definitely look forward to seeing Mandarin, not as a one-dimensional villain. Seeing the iconic villain played by an iconic actor is definitely a win already. Moreover, when asked about what storylines or inspirations the director draws from, Creston simply stated that “it will be a really good film.” We just need to wait and see how all of this plays out when the film hits theaters on February 12, 2021.